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(Some Guy)   Ever really tried to understand just how far away we are from the Sun? This might help. With scroooooooooolling goodness   (phrenopolis.com) divider line 120
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2012-03-10 10:43:37 AM  
Not that hard to understand. We are exactly 1 AU away from the sun.
 
2012-03-10 10:44:00 AM  
Incomplete. They left off the Earth's moon, which would've been visible at this scale. So would Jupiter's Galilean moons and Titan and Triton.
 
2012-03-10 10:44:12 AM  

J. Frank Parnell: AU


Alternate Universe?
 
2012-03-10 10:44:18 AM  
Pretty cool, but that gave me even less of a sense of the distance.
 
2012-03-10 10:44:38 AM  
It would have made a great troll if there was a picture of Goatse guy over to the right instead of Uranus
 
2012-03-10 10:45:49 AM  
If you think that was many clicks... if they had the Voyager spacecrafts in there, it would be mind-blowing.
 
2012-03-10 10:46:25 AM  
FTFA: Speaking of Pluto, I know it's no longer technically a planet, but it's still included in this model for reasons of tradition.



Coincidentally the same reasoning used by the Global Cooling > Warming > Climate Change sect.
 
2012-03-10 10:47:15 AM  

Cuchulane: Pretty cool, but that gave me even less of a sense of the distance.


Bill Nye to the rescue.
 
2012-03-10 10:48:28 AM  

chaddsfarkprefect: Coincidentally the same reasoning used by the Global Cooling > Warming > Climate Change sect.


0 / 10.
 
2012-03-10 10:48:37 AM  
'What a nice Earth,' you might say.
 
2012-03-10 10:48:38 AM  
I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
 
2012-03-10 10:49:07 AM  
The shadows are all wrong. This is definitely photoshopped.
 
2012-03-10 10:50:08 AM  

texdent: J. Frank Parnell: AU

Alternate Universe?


Astronomical Unit.

Each one is exactly the distance from earth to the sun. What a coincidence, eh?

/yes, i know it's no coincidence
 
2012-03-10 10:51:27 AM  
Just fire up Worldwide Telescope, it's free and it shows the realtime position to scale of almost everything we've discovered. If you have any kind of passing interest in this at all, you need to try that program.
 
2012-03-10 10:52:35 AM  
It left out your mom!
 
2012-03-10 10:55:19 AM  

Hamanu: Just fire up Worldwide Telescope, it's free and it shows the realtime position to scale of almost everything we've discovered. If you have any kind of passing interest in this at all, you need to try that program.


WHAAAAA?!? An actual contribution to humanity in a Fark comment section?? Thanks for the link, Senior Hamanu, it'll definitely help my kids with their school work.
 
2012-03-10 10:56:09 AM  
This suddenly brings to mind that old facebook post about how if the earth were 10 feet closer to the sun we would all burn if it were 10 feet father away we would all freeze. Then someone corrects the OP by pointing out the elliptical orbit of earth and the OP gets all upset with pesky facts. Damn you facts!!! Is there no one you will spare???
 
2012-03-10 10:56:37 AM  

J. Frank Parnell: texdent: J. Frank Parnell: AU

Alternate Universe?

Astronomical Unit.

Each one is exactly the distance from earth to the sun. What a coincidence, eh?

/yes, i know it's no coincidence


it's not a coincidence, it's ironic.
 
2012-03-10 10:56:41 AM  
This cannot be accurate. I didn't spot one McDonald's or Tim Hortons between any of those planets.
 
2012-03-10 10:57:46 AM  

texdent: J. Frank Parnell: AU

Alternate Universe?


/Astronomical unit. The distance from the earth to the sun. The earth is 1AU away from the sun. All other distances are measured in AU.
 
2012-03-10 11:00:17 AM  
So we are exactly 1 My Penis away from the sun. Got it.
 
2012-03-10 11:02:01 AM  
Found this site when I was trying to explain to my son how far away we are from the sun. On another site, they said that if you use a bowling ball to represent the sun, and a peppercorn kernel for the earth, you would have to walk 27 yards away. Pluto, on the other hand, is 1000 yards away, and would be represented by a pinhead. Kinda boggles the mind!
 
2012-03-10 11:03:29 AM  

J. Frank Parnell: Not that hard to understand. We are exactly 1 AU away from the sun.


Really? We're always exactly 1AU from the sun? Includinng now?

Technicality fail.
 
2012-03-10 11:05:42 AM  

SonOfSpam: Incomplete. They left off the Earth's moon, which would've been visible at this scale. So would Jupiter's Galilean moons and Titan and Triton.


Also the Earth was not labeled as "Harmless"
 
2012-03-10 11:05:46 AM  

twomutts: Found this site when I was trying to explain to my son how far away we are from the sun. On another site, they said that if you use a bowling ball to represent the sun, and a peppercorn kernel for the earth, you would have to walk 27 yards away. Pluto, on the other hand, is 1000 yards away, and would be represented by a pinhead. Kinda boggles the mind!


media.tumblr.com

It's true. The sun is, like, the king of planets.
 
2012-03-10 11:09:11 AM  
It's pretty simple- if the sun explodes, we won't find out until over eight minutes after it happens.
 
2012-03-10 11:11:42 AM  

SonOfSpam: Incomplete. They left off the Earth's moon, which would've been visible at this scale. So would Jupiter's Galilean moons and Titan and Triton.


Buzz kill.
 
2012-03-10 11:12:59 AM  
SCIENCE!

/She blinded me with it.
 
2012-03-10 11:13:02 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: J. Frank Parnell: Not that hard to understand. We are exactly 1 AU away from the sun.

Really? We're always exactly 1AU from the sun? Includinng now?

Technicality fail.


Good point - since it's winter the Earth is actually more like 1.2 AU away from the sun (hence it's colder). During the hottest part of the summer the sun gets as close a .8 AU

Most planets follow a similar pattern, that's why you'll hear people say things like 'Mars is going to be closer to the Earth than it has been in 75 years' - it just means their seasons are aligning with ours.
 
2012-03-10 11:15:06 AM  
I especially liked how (Yo)uranus was right in the middle. Who knew The Universe was sooo retentive?
 
2012-03-10 11:18:51 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: (hence it's colder)


cdn2.hark.com

Seasons do not work that way!
 
2012-03-10 11:19:11 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: Good point - since it's winter the Earth is actually more like 1.2 AU away from the sun (hence it's colder). During the hottest part of the summer the sun gets as close a .8 AU

Most planets follow a similar pattern, that's why you'll hear people say things like 'Mars is going to be closer to the Earth than it has been in 75 years' - it just means their seasons are aligning with ours.


30.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-03-10 11:21:27 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: since it's winter the Earth is actually more like 1.2 AU away from the sun (hence it's colder). During the hottest part of the summer the sun gets as close a .8 AU


You got your hemispheres screwed up. Perihelion is in January- we're closer to the sun in the winter. Axial tilt is the reason for the season.

And our orbit is not nearly that elliptical.
 
2012-03-10 11:21:53 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: The All-Powerful Atheismo: J. Frank Parnell: Not that hard to understand. We are exactly 1 AU away from the sun.

Really? We're always exactly 1AU from the sun? Includinng now?

Technicality fail.

Good point - since it's winter the Earth is actually more like 1.2 AU away from the sun (hence it's colder). During the hottest part of the summer the sun gets as close a .8 AU

Most planets follow a similar pattern, that's why you'll hear people say things like 'Mars is going to be closer to the Earth than it has been in 75 years' - it just means their seasons are aligning with ours.


Uhmm... and then there's this, "The Earth reaches perihelion - the point in its orbit closest to the Sun - in early January, only about two weeks after the December solstice. Thus winter begins in the northern hemisphere at about the time that the Earth is nearest the Sun. " (Pops). That whole 23.4° thing, ya' know?
 
2012-03-10 11:22:15 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: The All-Powerful Atheismo: J. Frank Parnell: Not that hard to understand. We are exactly 1 AU away from the sun.

Really? We're always exactly 1AU from the sun? Includinng now?

Technicality fail.

Good point - since it's winter the Earth is actually more like 1.2 AU away from the sun (hence it's colder). During the hottest part of the summer the sun gets as close a .8 AU

Most planets follow a similar pattern, that's why you'll hear people say things like 'Mars is going to be closer to the Earth than it has been in 75 years' - it just means their seasons are aligning with ours.


I hate you, if only because there are people that believe this to be true.
 
2012-03-10 11:23:02 AM  
Damnnn, Rob. Sorry for the pile-on. :(
 
2012-03-10 11:24:13 AM  

KyDave: Damnnn, Rob. Sorry for the pile-on. :(


He was trolling, so I'm sure he's okay with it.
 
2012-03-10 11:25:14 AM  
Hehe.... I just used this as my sister-in-law's wallpaper, and stretched her desktop to fit it. Too bad all her programs are over chilling with Pluto, but she's centered on the sun.

I'm obviously lying, but hell of a prank, no?
 
2012-03-10 11:25:54 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob:
Good point - since it's winter the Earth is actually more like 1.2 AU away from the sun (hence it's colder). During the hottest part of the summer the sun gets as close a .8 AU

Most planets follow a similar pattern, that's why you'll hear people say things like 'Mars is going to be closer to the Earth than it has been in 75 years' - it just means their seasons are aligning with ours.


If you're going to try and be technically correct, it might help to be, well, technically correct. For example, "winter" and "summer" are hemisphere based, so using them as references for the Earth's distance is imprecise. Further, the Earth gets a maximum of roughly 1.017 AU, and a minimum of roughly 0.983 AU. These minor distance changes have very little to do with the temperature of the Earth, seasons come primarily from the axial tilt. Finally, when people talk about things like Mars being the closest it's been to the Earth in 75 years, they are talking about matching its rotational position with ours, and has nothing to do with seasons.
 
2012-03-10 11:26:18 AM  
TLDS
 
2012-03-10 11:26:52 AM  

hawcian: KyDave: Damnnn, Rob. Sorry for the pile-on. :(

He was trolling, so I'm sure he's okay with it.


Sounds good to me. Fark 'im then, eh?

Also, moar numberz; Pops, again
 
2012-03-10 11:28:37 AM  

Zasifras: TLDS


I see you doing that there.

+157 Interweb points
 
2012-03-10 11:32:29 AM  

Cuchulane: Pretty cool, but that gave me even less of a sense of the distance.


Yeah me too, a guide to distance based off of how far to the right I scrolled. Odd...
 
2012-03-10 11:36:57 AM  
I saw this UFO between Neptune and Pluto:

farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2012-03-10 11:38:51 AM  
Distance to the moon(roughly): 400,000 km.
Distance to Pluto (roughly): 5,000,000,000 km.
Distance to the Centauri system (roughly) 40,000,000,000,000 km.


The Centauri system is about 8000 times the distance to Pluto, which is a minor planet that has yet to have been visited by a planetary probe because of the immense distance to travel there.

We all cheated and went faster than the speed of light when scrolling to the right. Otherwise it would take about 8 minutes of scrolling at light-speed to get to Earth. And about 5 1/2 hours to get to Pluto. And 4 1/2 years to get to the Alpha Centauri System.

Right now, the only way we're ever going to visit an extrasolar stellar system is with a telescope. Maybe in 100 or 200 years this will change, but it's a good idea to keep reminding ourselves of how the immense infinite blackness of the universe outnumbers the speck of light called our sun, orbited by even smaller speck of light, called Earth. And crawling, on the planet's face; some insects, called the human race.
 
2012-03-10 11:42:52 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: Centauri



What some Centauris look like
www.coldfusionvideo.com
images.wikia.com
 
2012-03-10 11:44:36 AM  
Just propaganda from the heliocentrists. Trust your senses and find the truth.
 
2012-03-10 11:46:08 AM  
Hey, has anyone told Fark_Guy_Rob how wrong he is yet?
 
2012-03-10 11:46:50 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: Distance to the moon(roughly): 400,000 km.
Distance to Pluto (roughly): 5,000,000,000 km.
Distance to the Centauri system (roughly) 40,000,000,000,000 km.


The Centauri system is about 8000 times the distance to Pluto, which is a minor planet that has yet to have been visited by a planetary probe because of the immense distance to travel there.

We all cheated and went faster than the speed of light when scrolling to the right. Otherwise it would take about 8 minutes of scrolling at light-speed to get to Earth. And about 5 1/2 hours to get to Pluto. And 4 1/2 years to get to the Alpha Centauri System.

Right now, the only way we're ever going to visit an extrasolar stellar system is with a telescope. Maybe in 100 or 200 years this will change, but it's a good idea to keep reminding ourselves of how the immense infinite blackness of the universe outnumbers the speck of light called our sun, orbited by even smaller speck of light, called Earth. And crawling, on the planet's face; some insects, called the human race.


Alas...

/and alack
 
2012-03-10 11:49:08 AM  

quokka70: Just propaganda from the heliocentrists. Trust your senses and find the truth.


KyDave: I especially liked how (Yo)uranus was right in the middle. Who knew The Universe was sooo retentive?


Uranocentrism. The only Truth. Mock the name at your peril.
 
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