What the solar system would be like if the sun were the size of a basketball.


There are many pictures of the solar system on the Internet. On them at all scales are usually twisted for clarity. Either the planets are drawn too close to the Sun, or the planets are drawn too large, or the distances between the planets do not correspond to the real proportions, or most often all of this at once.

In this article, I will talk about what the solar system would actually look like at scale if the sun were the size of an ordinary basketball.

So if the Sun were the size of a basketball, then:

For clarity, we will draw dots on the field for American football (this is very convenient, thanks to the markings with the indicated distance). The points denoting the planets are specially enlarged here, otherwise it would be impossible to see them.

It is worth adding that in this model our galaxy, the Milky Way, would have a size of about 162 million kilometers, which is approximately equal to the distance from the Earth to the Sun.