Scale model of the solar system

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There are a few scale models scattered around the world; the largest one I know of is in Sweden and it spans the entire country. Lucky for me there is (a smaller) one nearby where I live called the Somerset Space Walk. With a bit of maths knowledge you can work out the speed of light and see if you can match it... no speeding allowed! Great fun for kids of all ages.
 

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There is one in Otford, Kent here: Otford Solar System

You could easily walk from the railway station or there is car parking in the village.

Most planets are within a playing field behind the village hall but the outer planets require a walk along the river Darenth with Pluto being about a kilometre away hidden amongst some undergrowth.
 

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I'm actually not so sure about all that "nothing" we're in, but this was a very nice film.

I wish something could've been said about the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud -- parts of our solar system by some definition.
 

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I'm actually not so sure about all that "nothing" we're in, but this was a very nice film.

I wish something could've been said about the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud -- parts of our solar system by some definition.
:)

From wikipedia the Oort cloud lies at ~5,000-100,000 AU.

So...from memory they made the diameter of Neptune (30AU) at abou 5.6km...so they would need to drive their car at in a circle of diameter between 930-18,600 km.

Possible if their car had amphibious capabilities perhaps :).

Space is big.
 

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In the Otford model I calculate those same circles would be 161km to 3220km - which is like Stratford on Avon for the smaller, but to Cyprus for the larger. The Oort cloud is really big.
 

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:)

From wikipedia the Oort cloud lies at ~5,000-100,000 AU.

So...from memory they made the diameter of Neptune (30AU) at abou 5.6km...so they would need to drive their car at in a circle of diameter between 930-18,600 km.

Possible if their car had amphibious capabilities perhaps :).

Space is big.
It would've been cool if they could have said something like that.
 

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there is a video that deals with the scale of it really. If the earth was a tennis ball then it shows everything in comparison to it.
 

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