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The Manga Guide to the Universe by Verte Corp., Kiyoshi Kawabata, Kenji Ishikawa

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64 Chapter 1 Is Earth the Center ofthe Universe?
Since it’s about 150,000,000
km (93,000,000 miles) from
Earth to the Sun, 1 / 100,000
ofthat distance would be
1,500 km (932miles). That’s
about the distance betwn
Tokyo and Okinawa. In our
scale, the Sun’s diameter
would be aroximately
14 km (9miles).
Sun: Diameter of aroximately 14 km (9 miles),
located in the mile of the main island of Okinawa
Mercury: Diameter of aroximately
50 m (55yards), located near the tip
of the Osumi Peninsula in Kagoshima
Earth: Diameter of
aroximately 127 m (139yards),
located at the center of the
Yamanote Line in Tokyo
Mars: Diameter of
aroximately 70 m
(77 yards), located at
Saoro
Venus: Diameter
of aroximately
120 m (131 yards),
located in the
mile of Awaji
island
If we aed Jupiter, it
would be in Hawaii, with
a diameter of 1.4 km
(0.9 miles).
And since Saturn is 2.5 times
farther away than that, it
would be on the east coast
of the United States.
Uranus or Neptune, which
are even farther away,
wouldnt even aear on
this map of the world.
I always thought
that the solar
system was much
smaer.
Many people think
so t, because the
drawings in textbks
are hardly ever drawn
to scale.
But if you want
to study the
solar system, it’s
important that you
have an aurate
understanding of its
size and the distance
betwn planets.
If you don’t
understand these
basics about the
solar system, the
motion of Venus, which
is sometimes visible
in the western sky,
would be diicult
toexplain.
A diagram of the solar system fit to a map of Japan
Sun
Mercury
Earth
Mars
Sigh
What?
Hey,
Gloria!
Venus
Puing things in perspective 65
The
western
sky?
oh!
So what I saw
wasn’t a UFO...
itwas Venus!
We, that’s
kind of a
shame...

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