Miniverse will take you on a road trip through the solar system.

Join former astronaut Chris Hadfield and his astronomical hitchhikers on this unique journey to the planets.
By | Published: April 17, 2017 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
In the miniverse, the extent of the solar system, from the Sun to Pluto, fits within the continental United States.

Given that there’s the entire universe to contend with, the solar system seems pretty tiny by comparison. But even though it’s but a small piece of the cosmos, our solar system still contains some vast distances. It might be hard to imagine Pluto at a distance of 3,670,050,000 miles (roughly 5,906,000,000 kilometers) from the Sun, but what if it was only 2,680 miles (4,300km) away?

In the miniverse, it is.

Miniverse is a 50-minute film produced by CuriosityStream that takes former astronaut Chris Hadfield on a road trip through the solar system. In the miniverse, the distance between the Sun and Pluto has been shrunk down to fit inside the width of the continental United States — 2,680 miles.

Along the way, Hadfield is joined by prominent figures in the fields of physics and astronomy: Michio Kaku, Derrick Pitts, and Laura Danly. Together, he and his passengers dodge asteroids, brave Earth-sized storms, and imagine what it would be like to be an astronaut visiting these distant yet close-to-home worlds.

Miniverse premiers on CuriosityStream today, April 17. You can find out more about what to expect on the journey on our Local Group blog.