Anchorage, Alaska: Sun and Scale Model of Solar System

The model's scale was "chosen so that a leisurely walking pace mimics the speed of light."

Anchorage Light Speed Planet Walk

Address:
5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
Directions:
Anchorage Light Speed Planet Walk. Start at 5th ave. and G St., near the Imaginarium.
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Sun and Scale Model of Solar System

In Anchorage there is a giant sun that starts off the Anchorage Light Speed Planet Walk.

[Adam Scott Lankford, 05/04/2007]

According to the Planet Walk site, the solar system walk was designed by a high school student astronomy buff, and was the Centennial Project of the Anchorage Rotary Club. The model's scale was "chosen so that a leisurely walking pace mimics the speed of light." The Earth is at 5th Ave. and K St., an 8 minute walk (how long the light of the Sun takes to reach Earth). Pluto is in Kincaid Park, SW of Anchorage, a 5 1/2 hour walk by way of the other planets.

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