posted on Apr, 14 2009 @ 05:12 PM
I absolutely love items such as this. Attempting to explain virtually infinite realities in conceptual terms is an art all to itself. Bravo to
AlwaysQuestion for this excellent find, and to the others for their cool supporting links.
A while back I developed a conceptual framework to help grasp the awesome power of the Sun and huge distances at work merely within our own
Solar System and came up with this:
Imagine the Earth is the size of a Golf Ball. Now imagine that the Moon is the size of a Garbanzo Bean (Chick Pea). This is the relative sizes between
the Earth and Moon. The distance between them would be about 51 inches, or the about the distance of one and a half yard sticks. At this scale the Sun
would be over 11,600 golf balls away from Earth, or about 400 times the distance between the Earth and Moon – 600 yard sticks if you prefer. So
imagine going into your front yard and setting down a Golf Ball, and then the Garbanzo Bean 51 inches away. Now start walking for about a third of a
mile, and that is where the Sun would be. At this scale the Sun would be a little over 15 feet high, or five of your yardsticks. Finally, imagine how
hot a fire would have to be to heat up the Golf Ball in your front yard from that 15 foot high fire ball from so far away!
I realize that these are all approximations but they are still roughly right, and seem to get a ‘wow’ type response whenever I use it in
conversation; usually over a beer or some wine.