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Scale Model of the Solar System

Do you need a dramatic way to help your community understand the true scale of the solar system, both size and distance? We have designed a scale model that centers on an 8' diameter Sun and extends through the local area. If your space is not large enough, you can use a satellite image with the planet orbits marked. Guaranteed to draw interest!

The Scale Model Activity
Includes Developer's Notes


Sun Scale and Distance
A shorted version of the above activity


If the Moon Were Only One Pixel
A demonstration and scale model of the distance between objects in our solar system.


Solar System Scope
An interactive real-time model of the solar system.

scale sun

Resources for discussion topics:

Our Solar System - Ancient Worlds, New Discoveries

Why is Pluto No Longer a Planet?

Image by NASA/JPL
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