What if planets were closer

An astronomical artist has created eye-opening illustrations imagining what the night sky would look like if the moon was replaced by the other planets in the solar system.

Ron Miller, a former art director for NASA, used digital trickery to superimpose scale drawings of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune over the same landscape, highlighting the sheer size of the planets.

The incredible drawings imagine each planet to be 384,400 km from Earth – the same distance at which the moon orbits.

Here is a real picture of the moon over Death Valley:

Moon Death Valley

Replacing the moon with Saturn looks like this:

Saturn Death Valley

Replacing the moon with Jupiter looks like this:

Jupiter Death Valley

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One Response to “What if planets were closer”

  1. jaksichja Says:

    I am not sure in what way life would be impacted by a very close Jupiter–but the magnetic fields of Jupiter certainly would not be very good for life. . . .

    Simply breathtaking!

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