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See a seven-mile, scale model of all eight planets orbiting the Sun

That's here. That's home. That's us.

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Scale representations of the Solar System exist in many places — public parks in Ithaca, N.Y. and Eugene, Ore., for example. But the planets are in a fixed position, and the distance to the next one often is well out of sight. So what this duo did in creating one on a dry lakebed in Nevada truly puts our tiny fragment of the galaxy into impressive perspective.

That's because they fixed lights to eight vehicles and drove them in "orbits" around their model sun and then filmed it all from seven miles away. Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh are the two behind this model. There's a making-of video here for those who want to know more about how they developed and executed their idea.

For science buffs who wax sentimental at the Pale Blue Dot or the Family Portrait or, really, anyone likes staring at maps of things, it's a creative reminder of how fortunate we are to be here, clinging to this speck, hurtling through a void that now is a little more comprehensible.

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