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The Thousand Yard Model
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The Thousand Yard Model

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Short Description: This is a classic exercise for visualizing just how BIG our solar system really is. Both the relative size and spacing of the planets are demonstrated in this outdoor exercise, using a mere peppercorn to represent the size of the Earth.

Topic: Scale of Our Solar System

Grade Level: 9-12

Body: Our Solar System

Mission: Voyager 1 (Our Solar System), Voyager 2 (Our Solar System)

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Source: National Optical Astronomical Observatory


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Last Updated: 12 Mar 2014