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Solar System Models
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Have you seen a permanent 3-D model of our Solar System? Waymark it here.
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We're looking for permanent 3-dimensional depictions of our Solar System. These should either be to-scale by size and/or to-scale by distance between planets. We will also gladly accept Orreries even if they are not to scale if they are permanent displays at a museum, park, art museum or other public place. An Orrery is a model of the solar system, usually mechanically showing movement of the planets and moons to show how their movements relate to each other. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orrery for more details.

Here is an example of a model to-scale by distance:


This model is located in Escanaba, MI and has informational signs placed at a scale of 1' equals 865,000 miles.

Here are other examples of acceptable models:

http://www.otford.org/solarsystem/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Orrery_small.jpg
http://www.efn.org/~jack_v/index.html

Here is an example of what we're NOT looking for:

In cases where the scale is such that the station farthest from the sun is approximately one kilometer (app. .62 mile or app. 3280 feet) away (approximately 1:6 billion scale if Pluto is the outermost station), then all of the separate stations in the model can be waymarked separately to encourage visitors to visit all of them. Please note that this distance is an approximation and exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Generally, if you are standing at the outermost station (Pluto, Oort Cloud, Neptune, the Voyager Spacecraft) and cannot see the station for the Sun due to distance, hills, trees, buildings or other obstructions, then we will allow separate waymarks.

Instructions for Posting a Solar System Models Waymark:

Personally visit the solar system in question.

Provide us with
Name - Please use a naming convention like: Name of Model - City, State/Province, Country or in the case of waymarking different planets when the model is larger than a 1/2 mile: Name of Model - Object in model - City, State/Province, Country. Examples: Escanaba Walk of Planets - Escanaba, MI, USA and Escanaba Walk of Planets - Pluto - Escanaba, MI, USA
1) GPS coordinates obtained by you with a handheld GPSr at the site as close as possible to the sun (or to the planet being waymarked if waymarking the planets separately.) If the model is indoors, then the coordinates should be to the nearest entrance and instructions on how to reach the model should be given. If you cannot take coordinates at the actual model, then please explain this and also explain where the coordinates were taken in the long description.
2) At least two quality photos of the model. One should be of an informational sign describing the model if present and the other of the model itself. Please feel free to provide more. These photos must have been taken by you. Do not include yourself or you GPS in these two photos. Feel free to upload additional photos with you and/or your GPS in them if you like. (Please note: in cases where photography is prohibited, then make a note in the private message area and this requirement may be waived.)
3) Gather as much information as you can. Include the directions to the model if it is indoors, any admission fees associated with the model, the visiting hours, and any other information you think visitors would like to know.

In cases where the scale is such that the station farthest from the sun is approximately one kilometer (app. .62 mile or app. 3280 feet) away (approximately 1:6 billion scale if Pluto is the outermost station), then all of the separate stations in the model may be waymarked separately to encourage visitors to visit all of them. Please note that this distance is an approximation and exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Generally, if you are standing at the outermost station (Pluto, Oort Cloud, Neptune, the Voyager Spacecraft) and cannot see the station for the Sun due to distance, hills, trees, buildings or other obstructions, then we will allow separate waymarks.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
To post a visit to a solar system model, please include at least one picture of the model, preferably from a different perspective from the other photos already taken. You and/or your GPS unit need not be in it. More photos are encouraged. Please also describe your visit in the log. If you cannot take a photo, then please describe your visit well enough so that readers can form a "mental picture".
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Image for Solar System Model at American Museum of Natural History - Manhattan, New Yorkview gallery

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Solar System ModelsSolar System Model at American Museum of Natural History - Manhattan, New York

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You don't have to pay admission to enjoy this great solar system model. It is visible through the museum's north facing windows.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers

location: New York

date approved: 10/29/2018

last visited: never

Image for The NJAA Virtual Solar System at Paul Robinson Observatoryview gallery

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Solar System ModelsThe NJAA Virtual Solar System at Paul Robinson Observatory

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This solar system takes you along a nice trail.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member unimoggers

location: New Jersey

date approved: 11/8/2008

last visited: 5/5/2012

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