Relative Sizes of Planets and Stars

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Relative Sizes of Planets and Stars

Post by Tom Supergan » Mon, Sep 03 2007 10:36 am

(Originally posted July 5, 2007.)

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This is good for class!!

Post by Bob Supergan » Tue, Oct 16 2007 1:19 pm

Thanks Tom,

I could use this in class.

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The students were amazed!

Post by Bob Supergan » Wed, Oct 17 2007 10:08 am

Thanks Tom,

The kids were just amazed at the scale of things!!

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Re: The students were amazed!

Post by Tom Supergan » Wed, Oct 17 2007 10:29 am

Bob Supergan wrote:The kids were just amazed at the scale of things!!
Cool. I found that to be the best graphic showing relative sizes I've ever seen in my life. There are two problems with it I noticed. The shot with large Jupiter has Jupiter and Saturn very squashed. I tried adjusting it somewhat, but then the other planets ended up pointy. The other with all the planets has Pluto too small (or else it's too big in the rocky planets' comparison).

I never have seen the comparisons with larger stars like that before. I wonder how large Antares is in comparison to the Solar System. Makes me feel kinda small and insignificant. Time to get back to work improving myself spiritually so I'm bigger than the physical world and able to handle it in bigger ways.

I loved talking to your students that one time and wish I could do that every year. Maybe we could set up a chat session somehow someday with them, or the class can come up with a list of interview questions you can email me and I can answer.

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Re: Relative Sizes of Planets and Stars

Post by Tom Supergan » Sat, Feb 05 2011 4:21 pm

Another YouTube video attempting to put the relative sizes into perspective. In order to view the larger objects, the smaller ones disappear. To view the smaller objects, the larger ones look infinitely large.

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