watch it: “Astronomical by Mishka Henner”

Space is big. Really big. You may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space. Look:

Artist Mishka Henner has created

A scale model of our solar system in twelve 500 page volumes printed-on-demand. On page 1 the Sun, on page 6,000 Pluto. The width of each page equals one million kilometres.

This film takes us through the first volume where we encounter the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the Asteroid Belt.

Astronomical by Mishka Henner

Yup, that tiny dot in the middle of the righthand page is Earth, which is finally approached after four minutes and seven seconds of turning pages of one million klicks apiece.

For the full-on experience of feeling very very tiny in a very very large solar system — never mind the universe — you can order the set from Mishka Henner / Works.

Via io9 via @Mikeachim.

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