Scientific accuracy is one of the reason I and our bagel-loving overlord enjoyed Andy Weir’s The Martian. One of the often overlooked points of accuracy are distances; some novels minimize or ignore that vast distances of nothingness because they are difficult to comprehend…plus they mess up plot lines.
Graphics designer Josh Worth (see his page for “Creepy iOS6 Features” as well), in trying to explain these vast distances to his daughter, has created a page called “If The Moon Were Only 1 Pixel“…which uses scrolling (sometimes seemingly infinite scrolling) to depict distances and sizes in the Solar System. In a post accurately titled “A Tediously Accurate Map of the Solar System“, Josh explains his motivation.
I highly recommend looking at this site on a touch device; scrolling through the vast emptiness of space is less tedious on an iPad than hitting the scroll bar with a mouse. Check out: If The Moon Were Only 1 Pixel.