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All the Planets to Scale [Infographic]

This minimalist infographic does an excellent job showing the size differences, to scale, between the planets in our solar system. Thankfully, it’s not a big-fish/little-fish scenario or Jupiter would eat us all.

[via GeekDad]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/24/12

Comments (15)

  1. me

    I though Uranus was bigger than that.

  2. Josh

    Nope. Our ice giants are relatively small. I’m surprised Mercury isn’t smaller.

  3. egg sandwich

    pluto dislikes this

  4. ichido

    Bring Back Pluto!

  5. M Henri Day

    Nice graphic ! Now if one could figure out a way to convey at the same time that the sun comprises 99.86 % of the solar system’s known mass, which doesn’t leave much over for these measely planets….

    Henri

  6. Old Loveline Fan

    Uranus is the size of a mason jar.

  7. REnninga

    @me wrote:

    “I thought Uranus was bigger than that.”

    No. You’re confusing it with Uranus.

    ;-)

    PS. Given M. Henri Day’s comment about the mass of our Sun, 99.84%, relative to the remainder of the known mass in our solar system (.14%), here’s an interesting comment from Columbia University theoretical physicist and string theorist Brian Greene on a recent PBS “Nova” (paraphrasing) :

    “There are more stars in our Universe than all of the grains of sand on all of the beaches of our world. And there may be an infinite number of Universes.”

    When I heard that I turned to my wife and suggested “perhaps it’s really not such a big deal after all that I occasionally forget to put the seat of the toilet back down.” She appeared to strongly disagree, as evidenced by her lengthy and emphatic ‘alternative theory’ which included at least one reference to “…Uranus”, as I recall (I wasn’t actually listening carefully after the first few minutes).

  8. r

    wow, that’s very minimal.
    Better not tell Microsoft or they might want to integrate it into Windows 8

  9. Dic

    I complain when I find my wife has put the seat down.

  10. RW
  11. lastlifelost

    Mars is much smaller than I thought. I’ve always envisioned it as much closer to Earth’s size, like Venus.
    #TIL

  12. particolor

    God put Pluto There !!! So Put It Back !!!!!

  13. Gunnar

    Why would you want to put Pluto there but not other planetoids that are bigger than Pluto?

  14. Willy

    “Why would you want to put Pluto there but not other planetoids that are bigger than Pluto?”

    Because they’re not named after a cute cartoon dog.

  15. Khor1um

    @me I see what you did there….. *^_^*

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