How big is the Solar System? [infographic]

June 20, 2013 0
How big is the Solar System? [infographic]

How big is our solar system?  Well, distances are typically measured in astronomical units (AU).  One AU is slightly less than the average distance from the Earth to the Sun, or roughly 93 million miles (150 million kilometers).  It takes light roughly 8 minutes to reach planet Earth from the Sun.

How long does light have to travel to reach the outermost edge of the solar system?  Check out the infographic below to find out.

Solar System Explained - an infographic

Source: http://www.space.com/10900-solar-system-planets-scale-infographic.html