The 34 moon collection put out a couple days ago at the Barnabu blog has now been taken to the next natural evolution. James has changed the Earth into the Sun (by adding an image overlay) and then scaled the Moons down relative to the size of the Sun and added all the planets as 3D models as well. So now you have a true-to-scale comparison of the main bodies of the solar system. The new Google Earth Solar System (7 Mbytes) collection is quite cool looking. NOTE: Turn off the “View->Atmosphere” so the sun doesn’t have a blue halo around it. It’s very hard to see all the detail on each 3D model with the standard Google Earth interface though. You could use the G-Force mode of Google Earth to fly over the planets. But, the best way is to use the SpaceNavigator 3D mouse. Check out this video fly-by I created – it starts with the smallest moon above 100 km in size:
Here’s the link to the story at the Barnabu blog. Great work again James!