The Planets To Scale [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 4 years ago Science

Damn, Jupiter, why you so big?
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Male 36,374
@Angilion: The joke? I was making one!
I`m just saying that Mother Nature is more amazing than "science" gives her credit for.

At the time the "flexable wings" of various insects wasn`t known. Flex-wings VASTLY improve the lifting power of bug wings, so YES (obviously) bumblebees CAN fly, we just didn`t know EXACTLY how for a while.
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Male 12,365
[quote]It is physically impossible for bumblebees to fly.[/quote]

No, it isn`t. The claim that science shows that bumblebees aren`t able to fly is a combination of lack of understanding, urban myth and people trying to undermine science for religious reasons. It stems from applying equations regarding the flight of aeroplanes to bees. An aeroplane-sized bee moving as slowly as a bee wouldn`t be able to fly, which only proves that bees don`t fly in the same way as aeroplanes. Hardly a surprise.

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Male 2,592
The better to protect you from comets, my dear.
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Male 36,374
It is physically impossible for bumblebees to fly.
Just sayin: nature is way cooler than we imagine.

ALBATROS!
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Male 37,888

[quote]pterodactyls didnt fly, they glided [/quote]
Katsufumi Sato, a Japanese scientist, did calculations using modern birds and decided that it is impossible for a pterosaur to stay aloft. But in the book `Posture, Locomotion, and Paleoecology of Pterosaurs` it is theorized that they were able to fly due to the oxygen-rich, dense atmosphere. Denser than what we have today.

However, both Katsufumi and the authors of the above book based their research on the now outdated theories of pterosaurs being seabird-like, and the size limit doesn`t apply to terrestrial pterosaurs.

So, pterodactyls did so fly! Mostly I base this on my desire to believe they did :) Just like in the Flintstones.
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Male 12,365
[quote]pterodactyls didnt fly, they glided, angilion[/quote]

I didn`t know that. It fits their size, but they`re rather over-winged for a flightless animal.

Hmm...now I`m going to look into it a bit. Were they actually incapable of true flight, like a hanglider, or were they capable of it but glided most of the time, like some of the larger birds today?

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The prevailing opinion is that they were capable of true flight but glided most of the time. There`s a lot of lift to be had from that much wing and there`s evidence of a complex wing structure, like a bird`s. There`s some dissent on the basis that the biggest ones were just too heavy to fly, but it`s not proven.
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Female 373
Dracuyla-not good Goatse without the ring.
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Female 373
Pluto the special needs kid of the solar system.
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Male 14,773
Fancy, dude, even I can do better than that. It`s like you`re not even trying.


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Male 2,424
Uranus is pretty big. But you knew that, didn`t you?
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Male 116
pterodactyls didnt fly, they glided, angilion ;-)
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Male 7,907
nicodemus

Not quite that many, unless you are crushing the earths up.
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Female 4,447
I don`t accept this chart if it doesn`t include Pluto.
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Male 81
You could fit 1.3 million Earths inside the Sun. Do I dare ask how many can fit up Uranus? :p
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Male 12,365
[quote]Where`s Pluto?[/quote]

Same place as Pallas, Ceres, etc.

Not literally, obviously, but in the list of "things that were once classed as planets but aren`t any more". Right next door to "other things that would have to be classed as planets if Pluto is". We`d be up to something like a couple of dozen planets if we did that.

There has to be some sort of line drawn to define what is and what isn`t something. Otherwise, for example, every animal that flies could be classed as an eagle. Or a pterodactyl.
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Male 4,283
Damn, all the good uranus jokes are taken.
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Male 7,907
itzazoom

"the sun is ~ 20x bigger than lil jupy, so if this is 500 pixels large the sun would be around 10,000 pixels"

Your math is off.

The Sun`s diameter is 865,000 miles.
Jupiter`s diameter is 88,700 miles.

That`s 9.75 times larger, not 20. So if this is 500 pixels the sun would be 4,875 pixles, not 10,000.

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Male 815
Hmm so the four rocky planets can all fit inside uranus...

Neat
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Male 15,510
I can see now which was one of the classes Fancy used to skip
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Male 5,314
which one of you is going to ask where the sun is.
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Male 182
the sun is ~ 20x bigger than lil jupy, so if this is 500 pixels large the sun would be around 10,000 pixels (something between 5 and 10 screens across depending on your resolution)
talk about big
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Male 12,138
Be thankful it`s a big as it is... makes for a rather handy space-hoover for us.
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Male 201
Poor Pluto, I`ll always consider you a planet, regardless of what Neil Tyson DeGrasse says
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Male 634
Meh Jupiter is all gas, if it was solid like the Earth then I would be impressed.
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Male 122
@jonswan12: Pluto has been declared a dwarf planet by IAU in 2006 and does not qualify as planet anymore.
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Male 395
[quote]Where`s Pluto?[/quote]

playing in the Kuiper belt with the other dwarf planets

also, stuffing earth and mercury in Uranus isn`t recommended (someone had to make the joke)
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Male 2,855
thats because of interplanet gay sex goat
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Male 36
Uranus is bigger than I thought it would be.
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Male 72
Where`s Pluto?
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Male 19,840
Link: The Planets To Scale [Pic] [Rate Link] - Damn, Jupiter, why you so big?
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