Here’s What the Sun Looks Like from EVERY Planet in Our Solar System!

Our Solar System is a seriously beautiful place. Whether it’s the pockmarked volcanic surface of Mercury, the dusty crimson plains of Mars, the beautiful rings of Saturn, or even the blues and viridian of our own world, it’s a diverse place full of remarkable sights and natural wonders.

We’d be nowhere without the Sun, mind you, and a series of truly stunning visualizations of our local star – as seen from each planet, and poor demoted Pluto – by artist and illustrator Ron Miller serve to remind you of this fact. He’s spent more than 40 years illustrating the dark realms of space, both near and far, and has come up with the most realistic depictions of the Sun as seen from these far-flung worlds as possible.

Okay, let’s do this!

                                                                      Mercury, which is 36 million miles from the Sun.

        Venus, which is 67 million miles from the Sun, covered in volcanism and carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere.

            Earth, which is 93 million miles from the Sun. If you’ve seen a solar eclipse, this sight will be very familiar to you.

                                                             Mars, which is 142 million miles from the Sun.

                                                Jupiter (seen from the moon of Europa), which is 484 million miles from the Sun.

Thanks to the laws of physics, the brightness of the Sun is equivalent to the square of the relative distance from it. So if you are now half as close to the Sun as you originally were, the apparent brightness would be a quarter of what it originally was. (1/2)2 = 1/4, see?

This means that the brightness of the Sun drops off dramatically the further away you get from the Sun. The fact that even by the time you get to Pluto it’s still bright is a remarkable testament to the sheer power of our nearest thermonuclear stellar furnace.

                                                                Saturn, which is 889 million miles from the Sun.

                                       Uranus (seen from the moon of Ariel) which is 1.79 billion miles from the Sun.

                                     Neptune (seen from the moon of Triton), which is 2.8 billion miles from the Sun.

                            Pluto, which has a highly elliptical orbit, is an average of 3.67 billion miles from the Sun.

Despite the fact that Pluto is, at its most distant point, roughly 4.7 billion miles away from Earth, the Sun still looks particularly bright. “While the Sun is smaller, it is still an immensely brilliant source of light,” Miller added. “The light levels on the surfaces around you [on Pluto] would be dusk-like, but the Sun itself would still be a very bright object – just a small one.”

Beautiful images, aren’t they?


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