Have you ever wondered how it’s like to travel through our solar system? Yeah, it may be boring and it may take years and years if you’re not travelling at the speed of light, but how about a virtual journey?
If your answer is yes, then let animator Alphonse Swinehart take you on an amazing virtual journey from the Sun to Jupiter, at the speed of light! However, don’t expect it to last just a few minutes, even at this speed.
Swinehart wanted to illustrate the mind-blowing scale of the solar system we live in, and he apparently did it in this not-so-short amazing video. The detail, from the scale of planets to the actual distance between them, appears to be accurate, but he did make a few minor tweaks.
“I’ve taken liberties with certain things like the alignment of planets and asteroids,” he says, “but overall I’ve kept the size and distances of all the objects as accurate as possible.”
In addition to the above, Swinehart did not take into account the physics that theoretically are in place when travelling at the speed of light, such as distorted vision and the time slowdowns.
Nevertheless, it looks like the journey will take about three quarters of an hour, so it would be wise to free up your schedule a bit if you want to watch it.
Oh, also, if you’re interested in more of Alphonse Swinehart’s work, you can find his portfolio webpage here. Enjoy!