Ron Miller, a former art director at NASA has photoshopped to scale drawings of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune over the same landscape, placing them at the same distance as the moon. The digital trickery envisions each planet to be 233,812 miles from Earth, which is the same distance at which the moon orbits. For example, Jupiter would be overbearingly visible and Mars would be twice the size of the moon as we see it normally.
Miller started with a picture of the moon over Death Valley and calculated the number of degrees in the sky a given planet would take up at that distance. He explains to theatlantic.com, ‘the moon covers just 1/2 a degree. Venus would cover about two degrees, so it would appear about four time larger than the moon.’
Seeing the planets in this vain gives a completely new viewpoint to the sheer size of the other planets, which we sometimes find difficult to comprehend.
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