Pocket Solar System: A Scaled Model of Our Solar System
Have you ever wondered how far apart the planets in the solar system are? With the Pocket Solar System project, you can make a model of the sun and all the planets, and see the relative distances between the planets and the order in which they orbit the sun.
The hypothesis for this project is that the relative distances between the planets and the sun can be accurately represented in a model.
Method & Materials
With the register tape and stickers, make a mark on each end of the tape for the Sun and Pluto. Fold the tape in half and labeling the halfway point as Uranus, folding the tape in quarters and labeling the quarter marks as Saturn and Neptune, folding the tape into eighths and labeling the 1/8th mark as Jupiter, folding the tape so that the Sun meets Jupiter to mark the 1/16th spot and labeling it as Ceres to represent the Asteroid Belt, placing small stickers for Earth and Mars just inside and outside the 1/32nd spot, respectively, and placing small stickers for Mercury and Venus between the Earth and the Sun, labeling Mercury as closest to the Sun and Venus as closest to the Earth.
You will need one meter of register tape, round stickers (5 large & 5 small) and pencils.
Why do this project?
This science project is interesting because it helps you visualize the distance between each planet and the Sun, allowing you to better understand the scale of the solar system. What makes it unique is that you can also create a solar system poster to draw out the orbits of the planets around the Sun.
Experiment variations to consider include illustrating the planets and their orbits around the Sun on a poster.
Full project detailsYou can find additional information and details for this science fair project here. Have fun exploring!
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Follow along with the Katie from the National Space Centre, UK to make your own pocket solar system with an introduction to each planet!
Discover the distances between the Sun and planets with this easy-to-follow Pocket Solar System project! Simply mark the distances between the Sun and the planets, and bring the solar system to life with stickers, drawings, or even styrofoam balls.
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