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Astronomical: The Solar System in Easy-to-Read Book Form

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Here’s an encyclopedia that even a baby can finish in just one sitting. Just skip to the pages where the dots are, because the rest of it is black. The set isn’t meant for reading though – Astronomical is a scale model of our beloved solar system in the form of twelve 500-page books. Spoiler: the ending is Pluto.

astronomical book by mishka henner

Made by artist and photographer Mishka Henner, the width of each page in Astronomical represents a distance of 1 million kilometers (about 621,000 miles). Naturally it begins with the sun in the first two pages of volume 1. The rest of the books are nothing but blackness, interspersed with the planets where appropriate. The picture above shows the Earth – we’re on page 155 of volume 1. Meanwhile Pluto is on the 6,000th page of the set. Perhaps there are aliens lurking in the other pages.

This read-through really drives the point of the collection home:

Believe it or not, you can actually buy your own copy of Astronomical for your own bookshelf. Contact Mishka and he’ll gladly make you a whole set for £100 (~$157 USD). Honestly I think we just need the one set and any more would be a waste of paper, but that’s just my two cents.

[via io9 & CultureLab via Laughing Squid]