A Stunning New Map of Our Solar System – 6/28/19

Mesmerizing…Cool…Ethereal…that’s how I would describe this unique map of our Solar System “which shows the orbits of more than 18,000 celestial objects — including about 10,000 asteroids and 8,000 other objects in the system. The map was created by Eleanor Lutz, a Ph.D. candidate in biology at the University of Washington. The map shows each asteroid at its exact position on New Year’s Eve in 1999.”

I think the most unusual part of this map is the logarithmic scale — a mapping technique that can show both the inner asteroid belt and the furthest asteroids in the Kuiper Belt on the same map,” Lutz tells MNN. “I also mapped the positions of 18,000 asteroids, which is more than what is usually included in textbook diagrams of the solar system.” [Source:]