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How big is our Solar System?

It’s incredibly hard to grasp the size of the Milky Way – so let’s use a football pitch as a guide!

Our solar system is huge. So huge in fact that it might be pretty difficult to wrap your head around the sheer scale of planets, stars and all the distances between.

BBC Earth Lab’s Dom Burgess scales it down with the help of football field and a measuring wheel.

Big Solar System

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