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Shimmerings
Enchanted Learning® Photoblog      Posted June 17, 2012   12:39 pm

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The Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus, to Scale
 
The Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus, to Scale

Five photos in one—the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus, scaled to their actual relative sizes. Mars and Venus are the tiny red and white specks at the upper left!

The photo of the Sun was taken on June 15, 2012, and Saturn, Mars, and Venus are from the previous few weeks; Jupiter was added on July 26, 2012. Venus was in its crescent phase; the entire disk of Venus in its full phase would look somewhat larger.

You can see several sunspots larger than Venus and Mars. Although Jupiter and Saturn are bigger than any of the individual sunspots, they're comparable in size to the large sunspot cluster in the photo (active region 1504).
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Date taken: June 15, 2012
Place taken: Mercer Island, WA, USA
Mitchell Spector
Copyright ©2012 Enchanted Learning, LLC

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