The Relative Size of the Earth, Moon and Sun

The Relative Size of the Earth, Moon and Sun

Have you ever wondered about the scale of the Solar System? So, imagine this soccer ball, this football here, represents the Earth. How big would the Moon be on this scale? About as big as this tennis ball. So the Moon is about a quarter of the diameter of the Earth, and how far apart would they be? About that far. And how big would the Sun be on this scale? Approximately twice the size of the houses in the background over there. It wouldn’t be able to fit in the gap between the Earth and the Moon. In fact it’s over three and a half times larger than that and on this scale it would be approximately 2.4 km or about 1.5 miles away. The Sun is pretty big!

23 thoughts on “The Relative Size of the Earth, Moon and Sun

  1. book of Enoch, book III 72:37 And neither does it diminish in respect to its brightness nor take rest but continue to run day and night. As for the intensity of its light, it is sevenfold brighter than that of the moon; nevertheless, the sun and the moon are equal in regard to their respective sizes.

  2. Actually the moon size is recorded in the 2017 shadow from sun behind moon and os smaller that tennis ball is the size of whole north america, moon shadow is size of usa, shawdows dont lie.

  3. The amazing thing is how a tiny moon is able to cover a huge sun in a perfect eclipse.
    And the answer is because the sun is 400 times bigger than the moon but also is 400 times further away from the earth! This incredible coincidence makes sun and moon looks like they have the same size. This suggests the hand of a intelligent designer. God was meticulous in that detail.

  4. I wouldn't want to be that close to the sun as at the end or it would fill the entire sky I'd be nicely barbecued.

  5. and now it's 2018 and we know the earth is flat and all the NASA space crap they tell you is a lie. Funny this guy just regurgitates what he is told and he thinks he is smart now.

  6. Look up NASAs earth rise. Earth looks to be the same size as the moon viewed from earth? What happen the the earth is 8* bigger than the moon?

  7. I think the general public gets desensitized when it comes to travel about the universe. We have too much "Star Wars," so people think at some point we can zip around our galaxy. A lightyear is 5.88 trillion miles ( 5.88 x 10 to the 12th power). If we had a spaceship that could travel 100,000 (10 to the 5th power) miles per hour, then it would take 5.88 x 10 to the 7 power hours to travel 1 light year. There are 8,760 hours in a year. So to travel 1 light year, it would take 6712 years. So far our fastest rocket has traveled about 25,000 MPH so as to escape Earth's grasp and go to the moon. To get even in a human's lifespan we would need a space ship that could go 1 million miles per hour, then it could travel a light year in 67 years. The point I am making is that we have a long way to go technology-wise to reasonably explore the galaxy. That nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is 4.24 lightyears away. To get there in a human's lifetime we would need a rocket that could accelerate to about 5 million miles per hour. The pilot would take off as a baby, and reach it when they are near 70 years old.

  8. When I see this it's really hard to visualize how a solar eclipse can even happen. It should never get a shadow on Earth as wide as it does. The light of the sun should still spill out and never allow the Earth to get even a bit dark. How is the moon's circumference able to do that on Earth? Is distance the only factor? I know this is kind of stupid but I can't wrap my head around it…especially bc a solar eclipse is about to happen today in about 2 hrs.

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