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Boston Community Solar System - Sun - Boston, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RIclimber
N 42° 22.020 W 071° 04.200
19T E 329552 N 4692600
Quick Description: The Boston Community Solar System is about 10 miles long, and has an eleven foot sun.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 11/25/2009 8:33:14 PM
Waymark Code: WM7R8M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever
Views: 8

Long Description:
Most solar system models show either the relative sizes of the planets, or the relative distances of their orbits. This is a true-scale model that shows both.
Starting from the Charles Hayden Planetarium, the Community Solar System is anchored by an 11.6 ft diameter Sun. They used the same 1-to-400 million scale to place a set of planet sculptures in exhibit kiosks around the greater Boston area. Each location marks that planets' scaled distance from our model sun.
Diameter Distance
Sun 11.6 ft
Mercury 0.5" 483ft
Venus 1.2" 901ft
Earth 1.3" 0.24mi
Mars 0.7" 0.36mi
Jupiter 14.3"1.23mi
Saturn 12" 2.25mi
Uranus 5.1" 4.53mi
Neptune 5.0" 7.1mi
Pluto 0.23"9.3mi
Charles Hayden Planetarium
Science Park
boston, ma

To-Scale by distance: yes

To-Scale by Size: yes

Is the model an Orrery?: no

Web Page: [Web Link]


Admission Fee: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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RIclimber visited Boston Community Solar System - Sun - Boston, MA 11/27/2009 RIclimber visited it