Puing things in perspective 59
We’ get back
to that sn.
Let’s think about
it later while we
leisurely walk to
the Mn.
Huh?
Didnt he say we
were going to
the Mn? This is a
baseba field.
Kanta...
do you know
howbig a
baseba
field is?
Um...
Please!
Putting things in
perspective
squeak!
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I'm not very
gd at
sports...
I know!
It's about 120
Meters (131 Yards)
from home plate to
center field.
Kaa, you were
the ace lile
league pitcher
in elementary
schl, right?
I baed
c le a n u p, t.
For siblings,
you two
couldn’t be
any more
dierent.
We, Mi
Cleanup-hiing,
no-hier-pitching
Kaa...
do you know
the diameter
ofEarth?
I know
that!
At the equator,
it's 12,756 km
(7, 9 2 6 m i le s) !
That's
right!
So a baseba field
is aroximately
one one-hundred-
thousandth the size
of Earth.
120 M
(131 yards)
Leave me
alone.
12,756 km
(7, 9 2 6 m i l e s)
1 / 100,000
12,756 km
(7, 9 2 6 m i l e s)
120 m
(131 yards)
Puing things in perspective 61
Now, Mi
Yamane...
If earth were the
size of a baseba
field, how far
away would the
mn be?
Huh?
U, take the
thr. Cay
the one...
It's a lile
diicult,
isn't it?
Let’s try actuay
walking that far.
Profeor
Sanuki...
Much,
much
later...
Do we sti have
to kp walking?
It's just
a lile
farther.
Two and a half
miles is reay
far, isn't it?
Two and a
half miles?!
Me?
Eyes glazed
over
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The radius of the
Mn’s orbit is, on
average, 384,400 km
(238,855 miles). And
in our reduced scale,
it's a lile le than
4 km (2.5 miles).
Aroximately
4 km (2.5 miles)
The Apoo
Program
was amazing,
wasn'tit?
So how big is
the Mn?
The diameter at the
Mn’s the equator is
3,475 km (2,159 miles). In
our reduced scale, the
mn’s diameter would be
about 35 m (38 yards).
That’s almost
exactly the size
of the infield!
We're here.
Puing things in perspective 63
This is the Mn?
The sunset
is beautiful,
isn’tit?
It's nice taking
a lile trip to
the Mn!
Astronaut
Kaa has
aived!
Kaa, be
careful! That's
dangerous!!!
So if this is the
Mn, how far
away is the Sun?
Leap

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