Huge Book Demonstrates Vast Size Of Solar System
I'm always excited when my love for books and my love for science collide. Like this: Astronomical, a scale model of our solar system in book form.
It's a project by artist Mishka Henner--twelve 500-page volumes, where each page represents a million kilometers. On page 1 is the Sun, and on page 6,000 is Pluto. Scattered throughout, you'll find planets. But otherwise, there's just a lot of blank, black pages, representing the vast emptiness of space.
Henner says he has "read" the entire collection and found the process "meditative."
In the video below, watch as he flips through the first volume, where we find the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the Asteroid Belt. Then keep in mind that there are 11 more volumes to go, and marvel at how small and insignificant the human race is on the scale of existence.
You can order Astronomical from the artist's website. It's print-on-demand, and going for £100 ($156) plus shipping (though it says that's for orders 1-10, and I don't know what exactly he means by that).
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