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Using a strip of paper, patrons construct a quick scale model of the distances between the objects of our solar system.

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Add a Tech Twist Optional: Try using Google Earth or another map mobile application to help create a sense of scale!
Hints for uses in your library This activity is great for a star party!
Related Links Websites:
NASA Space Place: Solar System
NASA Solar System Exploration
What is a Planet?
Our Solar System
The Other Distant Giants Are Kindred Planets with Individual Quirks
Inner, Rocky Neighbors Are Siblings to Earth
Countless Small Objects Are Part of Our Solar System's Extended Family
Solar System in My Neighborhood: Planet Sizes and Distances
Optional: Family Portrait...in Numbers

Games, apps, and simulations:
NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System
Learn about our home planet, our solar system, the universe beyond, and the spacecraft exploring them with this downloadable application
A tediously accurate scale model of the solar system (scroll to explore)

Images:
Jupiter and its Moons
Mars Exploration
Mercury
Neptune and its Moons
Saturn
Uranus

Videos:
Stories of our Solar System
Solar System Exploration: Nat Geo
Video: A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert
How big is the solar system?
Where does the solar system end? A video about the Oort Cloud - Space Place in a Snap!
NISE Network: Strategies for Approaching Common Misconceptions Around Difficult Scientific Concepts
NISE Network: Pocket Solar System Content Training Video
Originating Source NASA's Night Sky Network
Related Books
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How Many Planets Circle the Sun?: And Other Questions About Our Solar System
The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home
The Darkest Dark
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars
Space Machines
2018 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide
My tourist guide to the solar system and beyond
Look Inside Space
The Planets in Our Solar System:
The Planets
The Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System
13 Planets : the Latest View of the Solar System
Postcards from Pluto : a Tour of the Solar System

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Pocket Solar System

Pocket Solar System

Using a strip of paper, patrons construct a quick scale model of the distances between the objects of our solar system.