Introduction

It’s hard to imagine how far away things are from one another in space. The distances between the Sun and planets might be more than you expect.

This simulation can help demonstrate the vast emptiness that makes up most of our solar system.

Your journey begins at the Sun. The Sun and planets are depicted in scale- both in size and distance. Using the touch screen, swipe to move and find the planets. Even at this small scale, things are very far apart.

If you have trouble finding the planets, use the space GPS button to go directly to the planet of your choice.

SPACE GPS
  • the sun
    the sun
  • mercury
    mercury
  • venus
    venus
  • earth
    earth
  • mars
    mars
  • jupiter
    jupiter
  • saturn
    saturn
  • uranus
    uranus
  • neptune
    neptune
  • the sun
    mercury
    venus
    earth
    mars
    jupiter
    saturn
    uranus
    neptune

    MERCURY

    SizeDay lengthYear lengthDistance from the SunTime to drive this distance @60mph
    28,880,000 square miles58 days 15.5 hours88 days35,980,000 miles68.5 years

    Did you know?

    Mercury is only slightly larger than the Moon.

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    venus

    SizeDay lengthYear lengthDistance from the SunTime to drive this distance @60mph
    177,700,000 square miles243 days225 days67,240,0000 miles128 years

    Did you know?

    Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

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    earth

    SizeDay lengthYear lengthDistance from the SunTime to drive this distance @60mph
    196,900,000 square miles24 hours365 days92,960,000 miles176.8 years

    Did you know?

    Earth actually rotates every 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4 seconds.

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    mars

    SizeDay lengthYear lengthDistance from the SunTime to drive this distance @60mph
    55,910,000 square miles1 day 37 minutes687 days141,600,000 miles269.4 years

    Did you know?

    The first successful mission to Mars, Mariner 4, sent 21 martian images to Earth in 1964.

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    jupiter

    SizeDay lengthYear lengthDistance from the SunTime to drive this distance @60mph
    23,710,000,000 square miles9 hours 56 minutes12 years483,800,000 miles920.5 years

    Did you know?

    Jupiter has rings.

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    saturn

    SizeDay lengthYear lengthDistance from the SunTime to drive this distance @60mph
    16,490,000,000 square miles10 hours 42 minutes29 years890,800,000 miles1,694.8 years

    Did you know?

    Saturn's density is so low that it would float on water.

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    uranus

    SizeDay lengthYear lengthDistance from the SunTime to drive this distance @60mph
    3,121,000,000 square miles17 hours 14 minutes84 years1,784,000,000 miles3,394.2 years

    Did you know?

    Uranus was first discovered by humans in 1781.

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    neptune

    SizeDay lengthYear lengthDistance from the SunTime to drive this distance @60mph
    2,941,000,000 square miles16 hours 6 minutes165 years2,793,000,000 miles5,314 years

    Did you know?

    The gravity on the surface of Neptune only slightly more than Earth.

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