Otford Solar System Model

Otford Solar System Model (Google Maps)
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This model is quite wonderful. The sun is a mirrored 303mm dome. Each planet is represented as a to-scale engraving on a plate mounted on a pillar.

The positions of the pillars reflect the positions of the planets at midnight on 1 January 2000.

Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are on the recreation field, Jupiter on the edge of the field, Saturn in an adjoining lane, and so on to Pluto, which is over a kilometre's walk away, in a hedgerow on a public footpath.

A 38mm model of the nearest star, Proxima Centauri is in the Griffith Laboratory, Los Angeles, 5,390 miles away. This makes it the largest scale model in the world. A 600mm globe representing Sirius the Dog Star (the brightest star in our hemisphere) can be seen at Sydney Observatory 10,550 miles away and a 50mm ball for Barnard's Star in the Falklands Islands Museum 7,825 miles away.
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