Our Solar System

The planets are to scale, but not scale distance. As you can see, I left out Pluto. I didn’t add the rings or moons. Oh, Mercury and Mars looks as big as one of my background stars, so you’ll have to look very close, sorry.

Here is a bigger version:


comments, crits anyone?

Astronomy is my favorite science. So I must comment! =)

It looks pretty good. Your textures are nice. My gripe is that it’s very dark (which, of course, it would be, being outer space and all), but if you were to use some ambient occlusion or maybe a filler light, it might light up your work a little more for everyone to see. I would also suggest using a world using a noise or cloud texture instead of using Blender’s internal star map, which is usually not very convincing.

Other than that, it looks like you went through quite a bit of effort getting the scale of the planets right, and it looks like you did a good job! Good work! =)


I’ll post another using ambient occlusion, and its not default stars, it’s a UV sphere. I went into edit mode, clicked select-random-25, and scaled and rotated them, I did that a few times.

I just made the scale really low, like the sun is 432,000 miles in diameter (http://www.nasa.gov/worldbook/sun_worldbook.html) and the scale of my sun is 4.32

Woo. If you wanted to get really tricky, you could create a gallery of stars to scale with your sun. One of the stars in our galaxy is so huge they think its surface would extend to Saturn’s orbit. =) Of course, there’s a little debate about that, but even so, it’d be cool to see.

Ah, space. I could go on, but I won’t. Looking forward to seeing an AO version!


ya i should, heres the AO version:


That looks even better than before. =)

Hope to see more in the future.

Happy Blendering!


just for you, I made a new model with our sun next to VY Canis Majoris,the biggest star in the known universe, it’s diameter is 1950 times bigger than our sun’s.

The first is the render, the second is the .blend file. I hope you look at the blend, because it really shows the size.


Woa.blend (468 KB)

website glitched, double post


This is awesome! Thanks! =D


now try to integrate the gas giant rings and moons… some of the moons are big enough to be seen at this scale i think… and the asteroid belt between mars and jupiter… i love space stuff… just got through watching a doco on black holes. quantum mechanics are very intriguing.

Isn’t there a ringed planet in our solar system? Where is Saturn?

You know that I’m a member of the ancient race, my home is not here but in outer space

Sun Ra

Ya I know, I just made them to show the scale, I guess i can add rings, moons, etc.

Actually the scale with the sun isn’t well represented. You need to show at least half the sun so its diameter can be visible.

Actually, Jupiter and Uranus has rings too, and I think Neptune has, but I’m not sure…

the four gas giant planets have rings, yes…

I think, “your” Solar system is quite ideal and due to that reason it is very unrealistic… One can never see in life ALL planets in Solar system in a row, in one line!!! I think if this happens sometime (once in a billion years), the most devastating earthquakes, tsunami, etc. can be expected, heh… Planets dont even run on orbits that lye in the same plane…

On star sizes, there are two vidеo sources I have seen - video-1 and video-2. You probably refer to the first one… But it is a way incorrect, cause the figure for diameter of VV CEPHEI given there is 2 644 800 000 = 207 338 Earth’s diameters and NOT 649 800 as claimed there… I consider the second video more truthful due (1) there are two stars with almost the same biggest diameter given there, which means that if VV CEPHEI’s diameter is as in video-1 then the MY CEPHEI will be the biggest star and not the VV CEPHEI itself; and (2) the ration between the diameter of VV CEPHEI and Earth’s diameter is correctly shown as being = 288 194… Sooo if the second veideo it truthful, then VV CEPHEI is 2640 times bigger than the SUN.