Posted by: bluesyemre | September 16, 2013

A map of our solar system that puts it into proper perspective

  • In this map, a scale bar is used that is set in astronomical units (AU) — the average distance between the Earth and our sun (about 93 million miles or 150 million kilometers). Each set distance beyond 1 AU represents 10 times the previous distance. Neverminding the fact that they left out Pluto, Neptune is the most distant planet at about 30 AU. Voyager is currently at around 125 AU — which is a jaw-dropping 11.62 billion miles (18.7 billion km) away. Voyager, you are a long way from home! It should take the spacecraft around 300 years to reach the inner edge of the Oort cloud — that massive expanse of celestial debris that sits at the outer realm of the solar system.


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