posted on Apr, 30 2009 @ 03:33 AM
The solar system is quite spaced out, so that would be hard to do. However, depending on how big the temple complex is, I suppose it could be
possible, but it would have to be several kilometers across. Pluto, if I recall correctly, is forty times further from the Sun than Earth. So, if
you had a few buildings relatively close to each other for the inner planets, you could have the outer planet buildings be a few kilometers away.
Also, recall that the ancients wouldn't have known of any planets past Saturn, so that makes the model about half the size. (assuming Pluto as a
planet, which I know it's not, but I still think of it as one, since I learned it that way as a kid :p)
This of course assumes that the ancients could measure how far away the planets were. With careful observation, I think you could at least get the
scale right, if you knew what you were doing. You wouldn't be able to figure out that Earth was 150 million kilometers from the Sun using ancient
technology, but you just might be able to figure out that Jupiter is X times further from the Sun than Earth is, i.e. you might be able to get the
ratios of the distances, given what the ancients would have had available, if they were clever enough. They also wouldn't know anything past Uranus.
The ancients knew of the planets out to Saturn, and supposedly if you know exactly where to look on a perfectly clear night, you can see Uranus as a
tiny speck with the naked eye, but the ancients did not know of that planet.
Just as an example of the ancients measuring similar things, some ancient Greek guy did that and found the ratio of the distances from Earth to each
of the sun and the moon using trigonometry, or at least his method was right; his number was in error because he was eyeballing the 90 degree angle,
but his method was correct. He didn't know the exact distances, though.
If the complex you are thinking of claimed to also have the relative sizes of the planets to each other, it couldn't be true, though, because of the
scales involved, especially if the Sun were included in that.