If you shrink the earth to about 2 inches or 5 centimeters (cm) in diameter here's how other objects would compare in size and distance:
Note: distances in this activity are approximate in order to give you a rough feel for astronomical scale.
* Moon Size -1/2 inch (1.3 cm) - hold Earth and Moon images, one in each hand
* Earth-Moon Distance - 5 feet (150 cm) - spread your arms wide to hold images 5 feet apart
* Sun Size - 16 feet across (5 m) - imagine a yellow ball the size of a minivan
* Earth-Sun Distance - 1800 feet (550 m) - about 6 soccer fields apart
* Light Travel Time - Light travels through space at a constant speed of 186,000 miles per second (300,000 km/sec). At this scale, where the Earth is 2 inches across, we've shrunk 186,000 miles down to about 4 feet. It takes a beam of light a little more than one second to travel from the Moon to the Earth