A full moon on a clear night seems pretty huge, yet in reality, the moon is small compared to the enormous planets that live so much farther away, often appearing as stars to the naked eye.
Minnesota-based space enthusiast, artist, and writer Ron Miller questions what the night sky would look like if the moon was replaced by one of our solar system's planets and he made a collection of manipulated images of station planets, from Mercury to the enormous Jupiter, in place of Earth's moon.
To grasp the difference better, he replaced the Moon with 7 other planets, keeping them at the same distance as the Moon is from the Earth (which is around 240,000 miles), and did not alter the size proportions of the planets.
Miller bends his scientific reasoning of atmospheric composition and allows each of the planets to retain its chemical makeup and lustrous color. Regarding the gaseous planet Venus, the artist says, "We're pretending, of course, that Venus would still have the same atmospheric conditions if it were in essentially the same orbit as the Earth. The main liberty I took was to ignore the effect on Earth of having a very large planet nearby, in the case of Jupiter, for instance, this would be devastating.”
The images give us a good idea of just how fantastically big, and small, the planets really are. They also give us a good impression of what a differently colored object orbiting above would look like.