The Gainesville Solar Walk - Gainesville, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 29° 39.564 W 082° 22.322
17R E 367214 N 3281831
Quick Description: The Gainesville Solar Walk is solar system model located along NW Eighth Avenue in Gainesville, Florida, USA. The scale is 4 billion to 1.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 10/4/2008 3:27:16 PM
Waymark Code: WM4W4E
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 34

Long Description:

The following information about the Gainesville Solar Walk is available on the Alachua Astronomy Club, Inc. website:

Spanning nearly a mile, the Gainesville solar system model has returned to NW 8th Avenue, beginning at NW 34th Street with the Sun, and ending at NW 22nd Street with Pluto. The monuments, designed and constructed from recycled materials by artist Elizabeth Indianos, were installed in February and March, 2002.

While within walking distance of Littlewood, Westwood, Glen Springs and Finley schools, we believe that the Solar Walk will be an enduring learning tool for students (and adults!) throughout the region. A field trip to Gainesville's own solar system model will put your world in perspective.

Eighth Avenue is ideal for a solar system model. While other models exist throughout the world, most cannot be viewed from a single vantage point. They may be too long for pedestrians or classroom visitors to appreciate, or too small to provide the relative diameter of the smallest planets. There are no cross-streets, and no business signs or driveways (unusual for such a long length of roadway inside City limits) so that each planet may be accurately placed, and pedestrians need not negotiate crosswalks every block or so.

But the project is not yet complete. Future enhancement include additional benches, an asteroid rock garden, nighttime lighting, enhanced landscaping and more.

Information plaques adorn each monument. These plaques are an inherent facet of the educational model. Each shows the planet's relative size compared to the Sun in this 4 billion to 1 scale, distance from the Sun, rotational and orbital period, a rubbing area for the Solar Walk "passport", and more. You can see a sample design of the Pluto plaque by clicking the image on the right.

NW Eighth Avenue
Gainesville, FL USA

To-Scale by distance: yes

To-Scale by Size: no

Is the model an Orrery?: no

Web Page: [Web Link]


Admission Fee: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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