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Melusine
2005-Jun-26, 05:28 PM
If BABBling was open, I'd put this here, but this is astronomy-related, no doubt. I found this amusing, and if you scroll down and look at the pictures, you will see the Solar System Facts and how they calculated where to put the planets. So did they do it right?


LA is big. Big enough for an "illegal space race". We will place the planets true to scale (sun, 4 meters in diameter, Pluto, one centimeter in diameter, about 11 miles away) throughout the LA cityscape. Then we will conduct a car race. The team that makes it through 'LA space' fastest wins the interplanetary trophy. In conclusion, of course, the speeds of the cars will be calculated, for example, how much faster than light they were. Planetary scientists will be on hand as guests to comment on the events.

Los Angeles (Machine Project): June 25, 2 PM.

http://www.monochrom.at/experiences/race.htm

Broken Uranus :-( (http://www.monochrom.at/experiences/race/michael-saturn.jpg)

Melusine
2005-Jun-26, 08:37 PM
Well, I thought it was at least a fun way to learn about our solar system...sort of like the guy who lays out relative distances between the planets outside for his classes (thought I had that link, can't find it). A group of architects, lawyers, and other professionals use to have a serious Scavenger Hunt in my city--they'd have to obtain anything from a ticket to a past baseball game to some cultural object or another, obscure or otherwise. I like stuff like that, or maybe I'm just amused in warped ways. :-?

You could experience magnetism, too. :P

novaderrik
2005-Jun-26, 08:46 PM
so, in this race, do you need to visit all of the planets to get a "gravity boost" to make it to the next one?

hippietrekx
2005-Jun-26, 09:28 PM
Well, I thought it was at least a fun way to learn about our solar system...sort of like the guy who lays out relative distances between the planets outside for his classes[...]

Hey! I was the kid that did that before school in the sixth grade for my earth-science class... No one else would wake up at 6 am and volunteer...

Sounds cool... I wish they would have one in Detroit...

--htx

W.F. Tomba
2005-Jun-27, 07:45 PM
Sounds cool... I wish they would have one in Detroit...
How about one across an entire nation?

hippietrekx
2005-Jun-28, 03:21 AM
:o ooooh... even better! It'd be like "The Amasing Space-Race."

Notice how I mock mainstream reality shows. :lol:

--htx

Argos
2005-Jun-28, 12:02 PM
The solar system in scale amazes me. I like to think of the Sun as having 1,4 m diameter (1mm = 1,000 km). Pluto would be 6 km far from the Sun(*). Nice for a walk.

(*) A thing that surprises many is that when you get to Uranus you´re still in the middle of the journey.

Some other projects: link (http://www.astc.org/resource/exhibits/dussault.htm)

Melusine
2005-Jun-28, 02:00 PM
The solar system in scale amazes me. I like to think of the Sun as having 1,4 m diameter (1mm = 1,000 km). Pluto would be 6 km far from the Sun(*). Nice for a walk.

(*) A thing that surprises many is that when you get to Uranus you´re still in the middle of the journey.

Some other projects: link (http://www.astc.org/resource/exhibits/dussault.htm)
Odd, I was just thinking of that last night, wondering to what extent museums do that (see your link). I was thinking about some "solar system amusement park," and wondering how to do it. Lol. It may seem goofy, but the idea was fun to think about. Thanks for that link, Argos. We could use one of these Science Centers. :D

Melusine
2005-Jun-28, 02:48 PM
The solar system in scale amazes me. I like to think of the Sun as having 1,4 m diameter (1mm = 1,000 km). Pluto would be 6 km far from the Sun(*). Nice for a walk.

(*) A thing that surprises many is that when you get to Uranus you´re still in the middle of the journey.

Some other projects: link (http://www.astc.org/resource/exhibits/dussault.htm)
Odd, I was just thinking of that last night, wondering to what extent museums do that (see your link). I was thinking about some "solar system amusement park," and wondering how to do it. Lol. It may seem goofy, but the idea was fun to think about. Thanks for that link, Argos. We could use one of these Science Centers. :D

I posted this in BABBling, but it reminded me of what you said above:
http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=493713#493713

Melusine
2005-Jun-29, 04:30 PM
The solar system in scale amazes me. I like to think of the Sun as having 1,4 m diameter (1mm = 1,000 km). Pluto would be 6 km far from the Sun(*). Nice for a walk.

(*) A thing that surprises many is that when you get to Uranus you´re still in the middle of the journey.

Some other projects: link (http://www.astc.org/resource/exhibits/dussault.htm)
Odd, I was just thinking of that last night, wondering to what extent museums do that (see your link). I was thinking about some "solar system amusement park," and wondering how to do it. Lol. It may seem goofy, but the idea was fun to think about. Thanks for that link, Argos. We could use one of these Science Centers. :D
Weird, I don't know why the Telegraph dredged this up from January, but it was just brought to my attention, and appears to wildly (and perhaps dangerously) contradict the California Science Center's goals. See here (http://tinyurl.com/6xjdb) for what I mean, though I don't know to what extent discussion of it would be disallowed by the FAQ. Stuff like this makes my blood boil, however, and when I see neat things, like the above solar system projects, being done to help promote learning about science, and our universe, I see things like this as backward steps--no LEAPS!

:evil: