Spaced Out

It was nice to see that Spaced Out, a UK wide scale model of the Solar System made the Online section of the Guardian today. The project had its original soft launch at Jodrell Bank during Science Week last year. It was only last Friday - ironically a windy and overcast day - that the 'Sun' was officially opened by Sir Francis Graham Smith (13th Astronomer Royal) and some school children from Sacred Hearts Primary School in Oldham. On Tuesday, Megan got to be the 'official astronomer' at the opening of Mercury at Hermitage Primary School in Holmes Chapel. Although Saturn, Uranus and some asteroids have already been opened, the Earth will be launched (!) tomorrow morning in Macclesfield.

With Pluto in Aberdeen, this should be the world's largest scale model of the Solar System at a scale of 1:15 million. That makes it quite a bit bigger than either this one or this one. If you were to place the nearest star (other than the Sun of course!) on the same scale, it would have to be beyond the Moon. As they say, space is big...

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Thursday 17th Mar 2005 (18:27 UTC) | Permalink
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