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The solar system visualized

October 10, 2014

On the 15th of October, the “Innovation by Design Awards” will take place in New York, at the conclusion of the conference with the same name.

Among the finalists in the category of data visualization is the interactive infographics The Solar System: Our Home in Space (video below), by Kurzgesagt. This work follows on from similar infographics of the same team, dedicated to evolution, the time, energy, immunity system, among other issues.


The Solar System: Our Home in Space –  Kurzgesagt

Kurzgesagt is a team of designers, journalists and musicians who seek to communicate issues in an aesthetically appealing way. You can find other interactive infographic by the same authors here.

The Universe and the Solar System in particular are themes of numerous infographics that explain processes and structures, satisfying our curiosity about where we are located and making more tangible the understanding of phenomena we can not see with the naked eye.

However, producing an infographic about Solar System is somewhat challenging, because for it to be scientifically correct it requires, among other things, consideration for scales between the various planets and the Sun, as well as the regard for the shape of the orbits, among other things.

As you can see from the infographics shown below, not always these and other aspects are considered. This depends on the author’s knowledge on the subject as well as the weighting of priorities given to various criteria (clarity of communication, scientific accuracy, aesthetic value , etc.)

Among the infographics presented below it is possible to identify different styles, as well as distinct periods in which they were produced. It is also possible to perceive they were produced in dissimilar contexts and with different objectives.


The Solar System – Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas


Plan of the Solar System – F.J. Huntington

Source (Also posted at Vintage Infodesign)


Central View of the Solar System – Wilson Loury

Source (Also posted at Vintage Infodesign)


Search for extraterrestrial life – Modesto Carrasco Castro


 Solar Systems – Nigel Hawtin


 Solar System (Unknown)


 Atmospheres of the Solar System – Andy Brunning


The Solar System- Laura Azzalini


The Solar System: Part of the Milky Way Galaxy – Scott McNeill


And the Earth continues to rotate – Chris Gin


 The Planets to Scale – Chris Jones


Written by Susana Pereira

Susana Simões Pereira, maths teacher and PhD in science teaching and communication. I enjoy games and photography and I'm passionate for science and art, specially when together in the same context. You can follow my updates on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.