DRONE Solar System Model- How far is Planet 9?
DRONE Solar System Model- How far is Planet 9?

Recently, there was a bombshell announcement in the scientific community, that there’s a bunch of smaller objects in the outer solar system, that appear to be influenced by the gravity of a massive, hidden, 9th planet. So this planet is 10 times more massive than earth, it’s a 100,000,000,000 kilometers away, and it takes 15,000 years to orbit the sun once. So I’ve seen some pretty impressive videos about the scale of the solar system, but they’re all still pretty abstract because they’re either using renderings of the planets, or they’re using objects and distances that have no real world association. So I’m going to attempt to fix that today by representing the planets, with just junk you can find lying around your house. Overlayed, onto this football field. So we’ll start by reviewing the scale of the first 8 planets, And then I will attempt to blow your mind, by showing you exactly how far away the newly predicted 9th planet is. If you ask how far away Earth orbits the sun, most people give an answer like this. *Right here I guess.* And it’s kind of understandable *About right there?* *Right here.* *Stop!* Because every picture of the solar system ever, looks like these, including my own report on the solar system, from the fourth grade. So this is the true scale of the solar system, starting with our size five soccer ball sun. Which puts Mercury, at the ten yard line. as a mere fleck of pepper. Next is Venus, at the 19 yard line, and it’s about the head of a pin Next up is my favorite planet, Earth. Orbited by our grain of salt Moon. So if you retain nothing else from this video, just remember that Earth is the size of a head of a pin, and it’s at the 26 yard line. And as the final rocky planet, we have Mars at the 40 yard line; also a fleck of pepper. And now we start to see bigger gaps, at more than a football field away from our sun, we have Jupiter, which is the scaled size of a grape. And after a little bit of exercise, we come to Saturn, which is a slightly smaller grape, and 2.5 football fields away from our soccer ball sun. Next up is the 7th planet Uranus, which is the size of a pea, and it’s orbit is an average of 5 football fields away from our sun. And finally, we come to Neptune which is also the size of a pea, and orbits around our sun, the size of a soccer ball, nearly 8 football fields away. Now this view should help you appreciate the difficulty in accurately representing both the size, and distance between the planets, in a single image. Okay, so before we get to the new 9th planet, let’s recap. So we’ve got a pepper flake at the 10 yard line for Mercury, and then a pin head at the 18 yard line for Venus, and then another pin head for Earth, at the 26 yard line, and then a pepper flake for Mars, at about the 40. and then of course the asteroid belt, and then we make it to Jupiter, which is a grape at about 135 yards. Then we cross the street to get to Saturn, which is a grape that orbits at about 2.5 football fields around our soccer ball sun. Then we double our distance from the sun, to get to our 7th planet, which is a pea at 5 football fields away. And finally, at nearly 8 football fields away from our sun, we have another pea which is Neptune. And now we’ve laid the framework, for understanding just how far away Planet 9 is. Because to reach it, I would need to walk., and to walk some more, and to keep walking at a brisk pace, for 5.5 hours, before I finally reached the pea that is Planet 9. And while of course you can’t see it, you’ll just have to take my word, that directly in front of us, 17.5 miles, or 309 football fields away, there’s a yellow, size 5 soccer ball, sitting in an end zone. In fact the width of that column you see, represents the extent of our entire solar system as we know it today. From a different perspective, this would be your view if you parked your spaceship halfway to Planet 9. It blows my mind, that relatively speaking, our sun, 17.5 miles away, would be able to keep this pea in orbit. But what’s just as fascinating to me, is when you consider in our scale model, the sun is represented by a soccer ball; which anyone could easily fit inside a soccer goal. And yet our massive star, we call the sun is pretty small when compared to some other stars. In fact the largest star we know, next to our soccer ball size sun, would be as tall, as the Empire State Building. So I want to close by telling you guys the craziest thing I learned about space while working at NASA for 9 years. But before I do, I’d like to quickly thank Squarespace for helping make this video possible. So true story, a couple years ago while still working at NASA, I had a crazy idea for a halloween costume. So I made an app, and a YouTube video, and then I printed a metric buttload of t-shirts, and then I made a website, where people could come and buy them. And by far, the easiest step in that process, was making the website, because I used Squarespace. It’s still amazing to me, that we live in a day, where in less than an hour, with no coding required, you can make a custom website that looks super professional, that people can buy stuff that you make, from all over the world. So if you have an awesome idea you want to launch, or you just want to showcase your buisness, or maybe a hobby, you go to Squarespace.com/MarkRober for a free trial. And then when you’re ready, you can use offer code MarkRober for 10% off. Okay, so here’s the coolest thing about space I know. 20 years ago, astronomers did something pretty risky, and decided to point the HUBBLE telescope at the darkest patch of the night sky, for 10 days. Now this was risky, because time on the HUBBLE telescope was extremely limited, and there was a good chance the image would come back completely dark So they started exposing the shot, and for 10 days, photons entered the telescope, and ended their journey of billions of years, on HUBBLEs CCD detector. And at the end of 10 days, this was the resulting image. With the exception of these single stars, every speck, smudge, and spiral you see in this image is a galaxy, with hundreds of billions of stars, just like our own Milky Way. And what truly makes this mind blowing, is the portion of the sky represented in this image, is the size of Roosevelts eye on a dime, held at arms length. To think about it another way, there are more stars in the universe, than there are grains of sand on all the playgrounds, beaches, ocean floors, and deserts on our planet. So next time you’re near some sand, take a handful and just imagine that one of those tiny grains is our sun, with its orbiting planets. and then look at the hundreds of thousands of additional grains of sand in your hand, each with their own orbiting planets. And then while holding that, contemplate how many handfuls of sand exist on our planet. So in my mind, regardless of how you think this universe came to be, there seems to be an infinitesimally small chance that we’re alone.

100 thoughts on “DRONE Solar System Model- How far is Planet 9?”

  1. Earth says:

    That asteroid bell is massive if ball is sun

  2. Guinea54 says:

    This is the very best video I have seen on explaining the sizes and distances to scale of the solar system… Job well done… THe distances are truly amazing.. I did something similar at home but I made the sun much smaller.. the smaller the sun is for me the easier it is for me to conceive. I made the sun 50mm diameter and realize at that scale earth is practically microscopic ,… now imagine how far away the nearest star is,, and then the size of the galaxy… forget about the universe…

  3. neothemut says:

    Did I just see the earth smaller than the moon in this video?!?!?😵

  4. John A Newton says:

    And as per always, where is everyone!

  5. Om Suri says:

    I don't want this guy as my geography teacher…🥺

  6. Iris Callejas says:

    This made me cry 8:08

  7. Daniel Aung says:

    Me as a 9 yr old am planning to make a huge model and if I would scale it down to both size and distance, Planet 9 would be about 113.9 miles away from the sun and The suns diameter is 8’

  8. Matilde Palacin says:

    your asnus witch is the size of a pee

  9. Aldrin Torres says:

    uranus and its size like a pea lol

  10. roger Curley says:

    am i the only one amazed by that there was a literal asteroid

  11. A Human Being says:

    who are you calling pinhead

  12. JustMeHere _ says:

    the suns sun's gravitational influence is actually amazing we gotta appreciate our sun more it may be small compared to supergiants but it is still bigger than the average star

  13. ChinaGrove Baseball says:

    Pluto is a planet so if there is a new planet it would be the 10th planet.

  14. TeamSlick says:

    The last planet is called Pluto

  15. Sandy Kased says:

    The 9th planet was always Pluto the farthest from the sun

  16. Sandy Kased says:


  17. Buttered Gaming says:

    Uranus is the size of a pee

  18. IMcringy 101 says:

    Ur anus not uranus

  19. Eliaz Ruis says:

    Why are you not at NASA any longer?

  20. Chocolate Noob says:

    The biggest star ever found is as big as a truck tire

  21. Clu Flynns says:

    he pronounces uranes uran-us but we pronounce it ur-anus lol

  22. angel4noor says:

    Kids: Noooo! He did not say “your anus”

  23. KingCam Gaming says:

    I thought about life for more than 6 days after watching this video

  24. Floyd says:

    Literally mind blown

  25. Joseph Drew says:

    "next we got urness"

  26. KILLER09ME1 says:

    Thank god im not going be there

  27. kartikay tripathi says:

    can you feel the gravity? 😀

  28. LostKaleb2080 says:

    Wait isn't Pluto the ninth planet??

  29. Naji Alashek says:

    Mind blown

  30. Tinydetectivemilkshake says:

    There is a 9th planet ?

  31. Activehamster says:

    Do you have a soccer tutorial?

  32. Blaziken28 says:

    Theres a soccer net on the football field making it a football football field

  33. CabbageCow says:

    was that asteroid real?

  34. NightcoreSyan says:

    Used a soccer ball for a football field

  35. Ciel Da Shotgun Sturmtiger! Mendoza says:

    They did surgery on Saturn

  36. Soarplex PH says:

    Planet 9 is Pluto

  37. Yea No says:

    How did u get mini earth if were on earth?

  38. Alpha-Z8 says:

    Earth after watching this video: Who you callin pinhead?

  39. mistureba do jhonny says:

    U are good i soocer much better than I and I am brazialan

  40. gm for all the fans says:

    Planet 9: shows up out of nowhere
    Pluto: a sh**

  41. Lina Eaton says:

    YA YA YA but what is this planet 9 tho! Is it pluto?

  42. Auridaz says:

    you forgot pluto

  43. Hoang BaoT 72 says:

    ur anus is a grape

  44. OliEpic Gaming says:

    So, umm…
    Could you possibly also use British measurements, say like a football or a rugby pitch and stuff like that?

  45. Jeannine Baustian says:


  46. Tegan Clark says:

    Does anybody else feel slightly more insignificant after watching this… no… just me.

  47. David Mendoza Cid says:

    oof 3:37 tho

  48. ツArandum says:

    I actually know the lagest sun (star) know to us is called canis.

  49. LittleGuy6553 Gaming&more says:

    We did this in school and we walked around the school and each step was like 360000000 miles (kinda) (we walked around a lot of times)

  50. L BUS says:

    kinda clever how he used soccer players as asteroids…

  51. Danny Mathias says:

    I thought Pluto was back.

  52. Danny Mathias says:

    Where did you get that solar system shirt?

  53. BBG On YT says:

    What is the new 9th planet


  54. Ghfbn Tdbrr says:

    I'm planning on making this my science fair project! Thanks Mark!

  55. Killbox Onealpha says:

    Mark: Ur-ran-us
    Me: Ur-anus

  56. GamingPenguin22 says:

    So, we live on a pinhead 26 yards away from the sun. Cool.

  57. felix nguyen says:

    The ending to this video makes me want to storm Area 51

  58. Mr cool Koala says:

    I just had football practice

  59. Becky Zimmerman says:


  60. tim mobile says:

    Somone kinda did this alredy with stuff you can find in your house and visual efects

  61. Angelina Berthold says:

    Facts as spikey as a hedgehog

  62. Niven Guslov says:

    For me Pluto will always be the ninth planet!

  63. cvarko cvarko says:

    U pea from uranus

  64. Santeri M1 says:

    He is changing his profile pic?!

  65. taha Ezzulddin says:

    Res pls

  66. Anthisa gaming says:

    You spray painting that expensive ball soccer triggered me

  67. JohnPlayzGaming says:

    Uranus. It's the size of a pea.
    Me: I think you mean "pee"
    Me again: Ur-Anus.

  68. Creeps 097 says:

    where is pluto?

  69. Akwardly anonymous says:


  70. CHILL IN says:

    I have really bad internet so when I got to Jupiter one of the frames was Jupiter bigger than the football field

  71. CHILL IN says:

    I have really bad internet so when I got to Jupiter one of the frames was Jupiter bigger than the football field

  72. Steven andrade says:

    Fun fact The ninth planet Is named Pluto After the Roman god of the underworld

  73. Mike Chaffee says:

    Even though Pluto is not considered a planet any more, it still exists! (Right?) Holy Hedgehogs, Batman! Maybe next time you can add in Pluto to the football fields, with it of course to scale for size and distance.

    Also, I thought Planet 9 was going to extremely big because you said it's gravity affected other objects in our solar system quite a bit. Maybe not as large as a hedgehog but softball size? How can Planet 9 greatly affect other planets when it is so small and so far away?

  74. Pix says:

    Mark Rober:There is a small chance that we're alone

    Me: say sike right now

  75. TSFR Findable says:

    Is it just me or is it ironic that Uranus is the size of a pea

  76. Chicken Wings says:

    That’s Fremont high school

  77. Kylan Mayes says:

    What u scale them down to??

  78. Alex Ong says:

    How u get a grain of salt???????

  79. Marcelo, Jr. Dellomes says:

    Hey Mark Rober The Planet Nine is Live Oort Cloud Ho Live in San Francsico

  80. 1000 subs with one meme sub 2 pewds says:

    Ah yes, enslaved space

  81. Speedy9000 Speedy2000 says:

    Can i suck 2:52

    Im kidding XD

  82. YouTube SpotIight says:

    Pluto: hey guys you forgot about me 🙁

  83. Matej Zaletelj says:

    If that's true…wow

  84. Ben Feimer says:

    Jupiter would be bigger than just a grape, also the sun should be like a group of four people in a ball together

  85. Adventures with Jeremy says:



  86. Adventures with Jeremy says:

    Anyone else notice the hedgehogs?

  87. S.A R.A says:

    وااو حلوو 🖤

  88. Shia Chanter says:


  89. Simeon Stanchev says:

    ,,Your anus is pee"

  90. Melbourne Hero says:

    Great job man 🙂

  91. Jackson key says:

    Who else believes in alians

  92. Telipathic says:

    Wow this is crazy and why don’t we learn about this in science????🤔

  93. Mandem Tv says:

    He’s got some bad footballing trekkers


    If u see my channel then u would say that my videos require more hardworking than this!

  95. Valter Westerholm says:

    Sick video bro

  96. micael lezama says:

    I didn’t know you had football (Soccer🙄) skills

  97. L U K K Y says:

    He is using the meme font

    Wait thats illegal

  98. Arominit says:

    This comment has more likes than there are galaxies in our oceans!

  99. Abinav's LEGOs says:

    that thumbnail tho

  100. Galactic Jasonwolf says:

    Urine piss which is the size of a pee

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