1 million Earths

Have you ever tried to visualize how many Earth's would fit in the Sun? The Sun's diameter is roughly 100 times larger than the Earth's so, in volume, that means around 100x100x100 (1 million) Earth's fit within the Sun. 1 million is a large number and can be tricky to imagine. The Universe Awareness Project in Germany have created this ball of Earth's to show exactly that.

Sun ball
Each small blue ball represents the Earth. The plastic sphere represents the Sun. CREDIT: UNAWE DE/Stuart

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Saturday 14th Jul 2012 (17:26 BST) | 5 Comments | Permalink

Comments: 1 million Earths

It's a brilliant idea. I love the Germans even if at times they can be a little Goofy.

Posted by David Conrad on Monday 16th Jul 2012 (00:46 UTC)

gravatarIt is a good way of explaining the relationship of the sun and Earth, size-wise. Kids would have a better understanding of how gigantic the sun is compared to our planet.

This kind of illustration in Science would surely work in a classroom setting. You can explain to the kids without using too many words and without confusing them either.

Posted by Kathryn on Monday 16th Jul 2012 (11:08 UTC)

Opportunity knocks only once so we need to make the best out of it. Found what you have been looking for? â¦

Posted by Veronica on Friday 20th Jul 2012 (03:23 UTC)

How can I get/make one of these?

Posted by Carmen Austin on Thursday 29th Jan 2015 (19:55 UTC)

I had to google for clarity as the image itself isn't that clear.

Posted by Paul on Thursday 20th Aug 2015 (23:43 UTC)


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