A Solar System Scale Model Meta Page

The idea: Making scale models of the solar system is a useful way to learn about it. Here are various related pages.


Some general background info...

Scale model solar systems...

Additions... (aka, What's new?)

Other ideas

What I would like to see...

- A web-based "spreadsheet" which allows one to give/take objects (lightbulb, marble, various balls, etc), rather than just measurements.
- Scaled orbital and solar system velocities too, even though they are rather small in realtime.
- Adjustable time so one can do `run around the room for five years'.
- Kid-accessible descriptions of "invisible" solar system structure (solar wind and planetary envelopes and wakes)
- Light issues (running around at light speed, truncated light cones from flashing flashlights, etc)
- A visual spreadsheet webpage. So a `not necessarily numerate child' (though I'd enjoy it too) could just click among `If the Sun (picture) is the size of a: [lightbulb (picture)], [pin-head (picture)], ..., Earth the size of a: [globe (picture)], etc', and get a diagram of the solarsystem - pictured on a desktop if it fits, or in a room, or amidst cars and buildings, an air-photo of a town, a map, the Earth, etc. With appropriately sized objects suggested for the planets and such. If the page took an background image url and meter/pixel number, folks could create links customized with local maps.
- ...


There are several scale model of solar system pages out there, but at the moment (1997.Mar.04), they do not seem to be well interconnected. This page is intended to provide interim interconnection. As sites dedicated to astronomy/education take up this content, this page will eventually be phased out. This grew out of a usenet posting of mine. Contributions welcome.
Interconnection is improving (1998.Mar.04), but has a ways to go. This page remains supported. Comments encouraged.

Comments encouraged. - Mitchell N Charity <mncharity@vendian.org>.
 Bos Sci Mus has a board with halved/embedded balls:
   marble, ball bearing, flecked translucent ball,
   ping-pong, golf, wiffle, soft, soccer, basket
  for a `match planet to ball' exercise.

  Too big - reorg!
  So many links now - time to review page organization.
  Add inflatable earth/moon/mars planet ball/globes?
  Find some VRML.
    glissando.gsfc.nasa.gov/vu a candidate, but looks abandoned.
  Automate Excite "documents like this one" neighborhood exploration.

 2003-Aug-23  Added 1 link.  Thanks to a reader.
 2003-Aug-10  Added 13 links.  Fixed 2.
 2003-Jun-08  Added 2 links.
 2003-Apr-22  Added 2 links.  Thanks to a reader.
 2003-Apr-12  Added reader comment re receipt paper.
 2003-Apr-11  Added Hagen css link.  Thanks to a reader.
 2003-Feb-04  Repaired links - 4 added, 6 changed, 3 flagged, 4 removed, 1 left.
 2002-Dec-14  Migrated 1 link.
 2002-Sep-10  Added `Java model' section and links, 3 other links, and a reader quote.
              Changed contact email, and linked homepage.
 2002-Jul-31  Fixed 1 link.  Thanks to the site author.
 2002-Jul-30  Added 2 links.
 2002-Jul-19  Added 16 links.  Fixed 7 (related) links.  Fixed 4 links.  Removed 3 dead links.
 2002-Jun-23  Added link.
 2002-May-27  Updated link.
 2002-May-06  Added `Madison Planet Scroll'.
 2002-Feb-20  Added link.  Thanks to a reader.
 2002-Jan-01  Updated link.  Removed `Dec special'.
 2001-Nov-28  Added link.  Added `live schoolyard example', as `Dec special'.  Edited SSLive.
 2001-Nov-16  Added link.
 2001-Nov-14  Added link.
 2001-Oct-20  Added `Planetary Icosahedron' - thanks to a reader.   Added 4, flagged 1, fixed 4.
 2001-Jun-05  Added 2 links.
 2001-May-21  Added 2 links.
 2001-Apr-10  Added 2 links.  Restored one.  Flagged broken link.
 2001-Feb-18  Added `Powers of Ten' links.
              Removed two new broken links, and Brokenness section w old ones.
 2000-Oct-18  Added `Maine SMSS' - thanks to a (different) reader.
 2000-Oct-06  Added `Colorado SMSS' - thanks to (the same:) reader.
              "Additions" moved above broken links, and indented.
 2000-Oct-03  Added York's `Cycle the Solar System' - thanks to a reader.
 2000-Oct-02  Added `Tours of' and `Sweden' - thanks to a reader.
 2000-Sep-24  Added `Community [..] down to earth'.
              Fixed 4 links, flagged 2.
              Thank you readers for your positive feedback. :)
 2000-Mar-09  Fixed a link.
 2000-Mar-07  Fixed a formatting bug (an unclosed `small').
              Shrank this History section to font size=-2.
 2000-Mar-02  Added Pasadena proposal (Thanks to Charles Kohlhase).
              Link repair - 1 fix, 2 flagged.
 2000-Jan-21  Added visual spreadsheet idea.  Link repair.
 1999.Dec.14  Link repair - fixed 2, dropped 1 `also here' link.
 1999.Nov.11  Added Getty's `Space Art'.  Link repair.
 1999.Aug.14  Some link repair (they are now checked automatically).
 1999.Jul.26  Checked links.  Broken ones fixed, removed, or left labeled.
 1999.Jun.09  Rusk's `Simple Model' moved.
 1999.Jun.08  Added `Foster Planet Walk'.
 1999.Mar.19  Added `Solar System Walk'.
 1999.Mar.02  Added `Clay Planets', WSanford, `Explore' applet, `Simulator'.
                Thanks to a reader's search.
 1999.Jan.26  Found relocated `Toilet Paper Solar System'.  Thanks to author.
 1999.Jan.20  Added `A Night-Time Model Solar System'.
              `Toilet Paper' link now broken.  Some others.
 1998.Dec.30  Fixed link for a relocated page.
 1998.Sep.17  Added `Use your head' quote.
              Moved `Some Objects' section into its own page - to shorten this one.
 1998.Sep.10  Added `Make a Scale Model Solar System' link, and another.
 1998.Aug.18  Added `Solar System Live', thanks to a reader's suggestion.
 1998.Aug.11  Removed yesterday's `tides from your thumb' idea.  I had bungled it,
                and I don't now see a clean way to present it correctly.
 1998.Aug.10  Added `tides from your thumb' idea.
 1998.Jul.10  Added a random link.
 1998.Jun.26  Added a few more links.  Hacked a tool to do a transitive
              `like this' closures on Excite.
 1998.Jun.19  Added several links, courtesy of Excite's "documents like this one".
 1998.Jun.04  Added Jack Van Dusen's Eugene project.
 1998.May.21  Slight reorg.  Checked links.  Added a few links 
              by searching AltaVista for pages with links to these.
 1998.Apr.05  Added paragraph of ideas from an email just written.
 1998.Apr.04  Added Ithaca Sciencenter, `Terameters', "Doables:".
 1998.Mar.31  Added some MOS.org links.  Changed list format.
 1998.Mar.11  Added `The Thousand Yard Model'.
 1998.Mar.04  Added a few links.  Checked and fixed others.
 1997.Sep.27  Added `A demonstration of the relative ...'.
 1997.Sep.18  Added `Bos Sci Mus ball-board' note,
              and `Megameters in your hands' link.
 1997.Aug.10  Added `The relative size of Earth, Jupiter, Sun'
 1997.Jun.01  Added `planetary scavenger hunt',
              and `back of the envelope' pointer.
 1997.Mar.20  Added nasa `Planet Size Comparison Exercise' link.
 1997.Mar.17  Added `Comet Hale-Bopp' link.
 1997.Mar.04  Almost done for today.
 1997.Mar.04  Began this page.  A morning project.
              (Web search done previously.)
 1997.Feb.27  Responded to a posted inquiry.