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We love it when awesome things are portrayed or explained in a manner that makes it a bit easier for us to comprehend their colossal scale. Not only do we get a better understanding, it also serves to reinforce the inherent awesomeness involved. That’s exactly what’s happening here with this beautiful illustration of our solar system rendered to scale by San Francisco-based artist Roberto Ziche, still further proof that Art + Science = Awesome.

That’s our friend/foe the Sun in the background looming larger than eveything else. In the foreground, miraculously not burning up, are Mercury, Venus, Earth and our Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Those wee bitty orbs to the right of Neptune are dwarf planets, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake and Eris.

Click here to download a hi-res version of the full image.

Head over to Roberto Ziche’s website to check out more of his work.

[via Sploid]

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Concise overview on how light behaves on different forms

Realistic Rendering Of Parisian Apartment

Parisian Apartment visualised by Talcik Demonicova

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Imagine how much stress and bad design designs would be avoided if we all had the talent to depict our dream home to a tee like Talcik Demonicova has in this ultra realistic rendering of a exclusive apartment in Paris. Designed by Jessica Vedel, the chic home features a modern marble kitchen island, contemporary furniture, intricate ceiling details and a stunning free standing bath tub perched on a marble “stage”. Vedel’s nordic background has complimented parisian chick in such a beautiful way here.

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Enjoy the virtual tour!

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Stellar Flare Hits HD 189733b

This artist’s impression shows exoplanet HD 189733b, as it passes in front of its parent star, called HD 189733A.

Hubble’s instruments observed the system in 2010, and in 2011 following a large flare from the star (depicted in the image). Following the flare, Hubble observed the planet’s atmosphere evaporating at a rate of over 1000 tonnes per second.

In this picture, the surface of the star, which is around 80% the mass of the Sun, is based on observations of the Sun from the Solar Dynamics Observatory.