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Scale of the Solar System: The Journey Begins
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Explore the Celestial Neighborhood ... in Your Neighborhood!

Color map of solar system model in New Mexico.
The Sunspot Solar System Model is the largest west of the Mississippi River.
Whether you live in a city or in a more sparsely populated region, your celestial neighborhood contains wide-open spaces and fascinating landmarks. NASA invites teachers, organizations and clubs, families, and inquisitive individuals to get to know our celestial neighborhood by modeling the solar system here on Earth. Experience through activities and exhibits the grand scale of our solar system and the relatively small planets and other objects that orbit our sun!

  • Tour an existing scale model of the solar system here on Earth or create your own scale model using common, inexpensive materials!
  • Teachers, visit our Classrooms page for classroom-appropriate suggestions to help your students get to know the objects in our solar system and their sizes and distances from our sun.
  • Community program providers, visit our Organization & Clubs page for more information about how museums, science centers, parks, libraries, astronomical societies, and youth groups are shrinking the solar system! Like a toy car, these models have all the right parts placed in the right positions relative to each other -- allowing you to get a sense of the "real thing."
  • Document your students, program participants -- or yourself! -- touring our celestial neighborhood with photographs, artwork, music, or words and submit them to Share Your Stories.

Tour the Solar System Here on Earth

Scale models of the solar system have been developed all around the world. Tour a scale model and submit your pictures and stories of people exploring our solar system through our Share Your Stories.

Know of other scale models? Please let us know.

Name Place City State
Scale Solar System McCarthy Observatory New Milford Connecticut
Gainesville Solar Walk NW 8th Avenue, beginning at NW 34th Street Gainesville Florida
Community Solar System Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences Peoria Illinois
The Maine Solar System Model Route 1 from Presque Isle to Houlton, Maine Aroostook County Maine
The Planet Walk Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park Baltimore / Annapolis region Maryland
Community Solar System Boston Museum of Science Boston Massachusetts
Voyage Scale Model Solar System Downtown Kansas City Kansas City Missouri
Sagan Planet Walk The Commons Ithaca New York
Solar System Walk Cleveland Metroparks Cleveland Ohio
Scale Model Solar System Alton Baker Park Eugene Oregon
Voyage Through the Solar System Space Center Houston Houston Texas
Voyage: A Journey Through Our Solar System Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History Corpus Christi Texas
Planet Walk Montshire Museum of Science Norwich Vermont
The Solar Walk Voyage Lake Sacajawea Longview Washington
Voyage (Scale model of our Solar System) Smithsonian Institution, The National Mall Washingon DC
The Madison Planet Stroll City of Madison Madison Wisconsin
Sunspot Solar System Model State of New Mexico Cloudcroft New Mexico
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