Introduction: Solar System Dimensions
This small project aims to demonstrate the dimension of the main bodies of the Solar System.
You can do this with your children and with your students at school, a cheap, simple project with a strong visual impact in terms of dimensions.
Step 1: Materials
You will need:
- 24 A4 sheets
- Painter's tape
- Measuring tape
- Planetas.pdf - the file that have the scale size of the planets
Step 2: Start Build the Sun
Make a rectangle with the 24 sheets, placing 4 sheets horizontally and 6 sheets vertically.
Step 3: Tape All the Sheets
Using the painter's tape, glue all the sheets together.
Step 4: Make the Center and Draw a Circle
Using the measuring tape, mark the center of the rectangle. Tie the thread to the pencil and then measure 55 cm of thread to be the radius of the circle. Glue the end of the wire to the center using the painter's tape. Stretch the wire and draw the circle.
Step 5: Cut the Circle
Now cut the circle and then turn it over.
Step 6: Cut the Planets
- Now print the planetas.pdf
- Cut them
- Glue them
Step 7: Final
Now we have a scale of sizes of the planets and the Sun of our Solar System.
Information about the scale:
I have considered the diameter or Earth = 1cm
Saturn: 9,44cm (without the ring system)
The Sun represents more than 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System
- Our Sun is one of the smallest stars in the Universe
Participated in the
Tip 8 months ago on Step 7
Maybe you could have the children place the bodies at their relative distances. For example, in the scale you provided, the sun would be about 116 meters (381 feet) from the Earth.
I always find that when we combine the relative distances with relative sizes of the Solar System the effect is impressive!