WhatfettleSolar System Scale

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One of the more amazing revelations i encountered in Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything came after reading the following:

I say this was revealing because it says a lot about my ignorance of astronomy. Hopefully the next generation will be better informed thanks to Spaced Out an educational project to build a scale model of the solar system. The Sun will be in Jodrell bank, Earth 10 miles away in a Macclesfield playground meaning Pluto has to be 300 miles away, probably in Fort William .