This first stage shows how huge the distances are, and how small the planets are in comparison. Also, a thing to notice is how close the inner rocky planets are as compared to outer gas and ice giants.
If you ask anyone to draw the solar system, they will draw the textbook diagram they grew up learning in school, and that is the mental model they have of it. Unfortunately the scales of the solar system do not render well for print medium, but with an interactive visualization these sizes and distances can be shown to scale.
As noted by F. Chevalier et. al., using a combination of an anchor of a perceivable object with an analogy, best helps in formulating the size of imperceptible objects. So, in this visualization, a to-scale model of the Solar System is represented with a couple of anchors, a 5-feet tall person for Sun's diameter, and a local reference of distance from the center of Big House, the Michigan Stadium. So if the Sun with 5ft. diameter is stated at the center of the Big House, the 0.5cm diameter, pearl size Mercury will be at the periphery of the field.
To accommodate the Solar system in the print medium, publishers have to compromise accuracy for legibility. Planets are here depicted to be revolving in circular orbits around the Sun at equal distance from each other.
Here, the Sun and all the planets are scaled proportionally but are placed horizontally aligned at equal distance from each other.
Then Mercury is as big as a Pearl, Venus is a Ring, Earth a Marble, Mars a rice grain and so on..
Then the planet Mercury would be a pearl revolving around it at distance of about 70 yards, at the periphery of the field. Continuing the analogy to the last planet, Neptune would be a Snooker ball 3 miles away in North campus.
This visualization shows how strong the gravitation pull of the Sun is that a 5 feet sphere can control a 2 inch ball 3 miles away.