The planets as fruit
Understanding planet size
As a child, I was always frustrated by the inability of the astronomy books I read to communicate a sense of the planets’ relative sizes and their (average) orbital distance from the sun. It was impossible for one diagram to show both the sizes of the planets relative to each other and those sizes relative to their orbits.
Design team: Joel Katz, concept, research, and
James B. Abbott, photography
Digital assemblage: Charles Wybierala,