6 Years from Danny Boyes on Vimeo.
Planets (not to scale) animated orbits using Bongo Expressions.
Of course it makes visually no sense to apply the same scale for the planets and orbits. And of course it make no sense to apply the same scale for planets and sun – one would see hardly anything else but the sun (and maybe Jupiter and Saturn). It’s hard to imagine how big the sun really is. And that’s just my point: the video doesn’t do justice to the sun – in spite of the nicely post produced glare – because it gives a false impression about his size, especially to the ignorant.
So I feel that, if you can not display the sun correctly (in consequence of the scaling) it is better not to display it at all, but merely indicate the centre of solar system in a symbolic way - a 3D axis icon or something.
I thought it was better that way than to have tiny dots spinning around the sun.
Planet Size Comparison
Expressions seem to be your cup of tea. The bitmapping of the planet is excellent.
A small comment. Although you state (not to scal), the size of the planets is scaled among them, all but the sun. So now the video give the impression that Jupiter and Saturn are bigger than the sun!?
Anyway, nice going.
This was an exercise in using the new Expressions feature of Bongo v2.0. A full list of animation variables can be viewed here.
Render was done with Rhino Render in version 5.0 with a post process to get the glare effect of the sun.
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