“Scale model of the solar system”
A scale model of the solar system. One of the only ones in the world. The current Community Solar System is the most complete large-scale model of the solar system in the world. The museum's solar system model is scaled to the size of the planetarium and stretches over 2,000 square miles in central Illinois, making this the most complete large-scale solar system model in the world. The Sun is currently represented on the east wing of the former Lakeview Museum. Planets are sized to scale, based on a 36-foot Sun, and placed in orbit to scale up to 60 miles away (to the dwarf planet Eris), offering a unique Earthbound concept of the vastness of space. In this unique model of the Sun and its 8 planets, both size and distance are represented on the same scale.
It does't look like the picture. The sun is a 36' yellow disk on the brick on the terrace of the museum, not on the wall. Planets are located at distant sites, and there is a sign on the wall telling where the planets are located. Cool nevertheless, and it gives you a sense of the vastness of space. The best link to the museum and the exhibit is https://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/dome-planetarium/community-solar-system. Enjoy
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Giant Solar System Model
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