We think of the speed of light as being ludicrously fast, and it is. But the solar system is also huge, so simply getting to Jupiter at light speed takes a long time

Sit back and take a ride from the Sun to Jupiter, at the speed of light.

Animator Alphonse Swinehart made this video to illustrate the sheer mind-boggling scale of the solar system.

It isn't completely accurate, as Swinehart admits. "I've taken liberties with certain things like the alignment of planets and asteroids," he says, "but overall I've kept the size and distances of all the objects as accurate as possible."

More fundamentally, he has also purposely ignored some counter-intuitive physical effects. Most importantly, it is not physically possible to travel at the speed of light.

Even if it was possible, subjective time slows down as you get faster. If you did hit light speed, you would not experience the passage of time at all.

So while the video shows the journey from the Sun to Jupiter taking most of an hour, this is not an experience anyone could ever have.

What the video does capture, with a simple clarity, is the sheer size of space.

You may want to get a drink and something to eat, because this is going to take a while.