The human mind did not evolve to be able to grasp the vastness of interplanetary distances. It’s just not something that our ancestors had to factor in to survive, so there was no need for the capability to develop.
Thankfully, we have wonderful people like the team who put this short film together to help us out. Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet created a scale model of the solar system in the Nevada desert, including the orbits of the planets, with an earth the size of a marble as the starting point. Even with an Earth this small, a scale model of our solar system requires seven miles of empty space. Seven miles. Just think about that for a second…
Anyway, I can’t explain it any better than they can. Check it out, and afterwards, just take a moment to ponder the staggering smallness of humanity:
To quote Carl Sagan,
I believe it is true that humility is the only just response in a confrontation with the universe…
I noticed that they thank him in the credits. I think he would have loved what these guys have done here.
When asked in the comments on their youtube page, the team responded that a scale model of an atom was “already in the works.” I can’t wait to see it!