## 2011-06-27

### Scales

Thnidu found this nifty animation showing the relative sizes of various celestial bodies and I wanted to put it into relation with something familiar to me, such as the Sweden Solar System. At a scale of $1:20×106$ VY Canis Majoris would have a diameter of 153 175 m, i e, if superimposed on the Earth, the surface would be in the mesosphere, i e, around the highest X-15 flights, and the scaled distance would be about as far from Stockholm as Mars is from the Sun. Not that these measures are really graspable either.

#### 1 comment:

thnidu said...

I followed your link to the Sweden Solar System -- :-) -- and then had to look up "termination shock". Well placed!

PS: My word verification this time is "hument". Sounds like a very unlikely Middle-Earth crossbreed. Except ...