A conventional rendering of the solar system with the distances between the planets and other objects hopelessly, but inevitably, out of scale. It couldn’t be otherwise in any normal book. Drawn to this scale (with the Earth the diameter of a pea) the illustration would actually have to fold out to a length of over two and a half kilometres to convey Pluto’s orbit accurately—and would need to stretch several kilometres more to capture the majestic sprawl of the outer solar system.
2. Welcome to the Solar System