Mannequin photo voltaic system creates interactive expertise throughout Lethbridge |

Model solar system creates interactive experience across Lethbridge  |

2021-09-15 05:02:09

Travelling to outer area will not be a practical achievement for the typical individual, however the Lethbridge Astronomy Society is bringing just a little piece of the photo voltaic system all the way down to Earth.

Round 17 years in the past, member Klaus Jericho had the thought to create a scaled-down mannequin photo voltaic system that may match inside the metropolis of Lethbridge.

“Now we’re in 2021, and it’s lastly coming to fruition, so that is very thrilling for me,” he mentioned.

“When you have a dream or an idea, you simply go for it, and also you hope some folks will finally be part of you.”

With the assistance of a number of organizations, the venture has come to life.

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Tom Anderson, president of the Lethbridge Astronomy Society, mentioned the idea makes use of the dome of the clock tower on the historic put up workplace constructing on 4 Avenue S. as a place to begin.

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“The essential concept is that we imagined that we shrink the solar all the way down to the scale of the dome on the put up constructing,” he defined.

“So if the solar is that massive, it’s five-and-a-half metres in diameter. So if that’s the case, then how massive would the planets be in relation to that? Whereabouts would their orbits lie in relation to that?”

The reply: throughout the town.

Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars all reside in proximity to the downtown, represented by stable metal spheres sized all the way down to a 1:253,000,000 ratio.

Jupiter is throughout the river on the College of Lethbridge, whereas Uranus is at Broxburn Greens and Café. Neptune is situated at Park Lake Provincial Park.

One accomplished, Saturn will sit at Chinook Excessive Faculty. The gaseous planets had been constructed from hollowed-out metal versus stable metal.

At every location, guests can scan a QR code to study extra about every planet.

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“Not solely is that this thrilling for folks with an inherent curiosity in astronomy, however the place they’ve positioned the planets or the globes are at a number of the nice native points of interest on the town,” mentioned Stephen Braund, the advertising director of Tourism Lethbridge.

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“It really is an schooling device to study the place we dwell,” Jericho added.

Daniel Heaton, the director of facility providers on the Lethbridge Faculty Division, mentioned Saturn is taking longer to finish because of the scale and complexity of the mannequin.

He mentioned it needs to be accomplished within the subsequent two weeks.

“We checked out making an attempt to make use of lighter supplies for the rings, similar to a plastic,” he mentioned. “(However) it could not survive within the winds or the winter. So we got here again to stainless-steel, and we’re truly water-cutting the rings into the stainless-steel to mount onto a column out entrance of the principle doorways at Chinook Excessive Faculty.

“We may see the tutorial worth in taking part with this. Math, science — all this stuff might be taught with it — and it’s simply actually cool.”

Saturn and Jupiter had been paid for by the Lethbridge Faculty Division and the College of Lethbridge respectively.

The Lethbridge Astronomy Society is seeking to set up official plaques at every of the areas earlier than they maintain a grand opening for the venture.


he Earth/moon is situated on the nook of third St and 4th Ave, subsequent to the principle (downtown) Fireplace Station.

Courtesy: Lethbridge Astronomy Society


Jupiter is situated on the patio of the Science Commons Constructing, College of Lethbridge, 4401 College Dr.


Uranus is situated at Broxburn Greens and Cafe Vary Rd. 21-0, off HWY 3 towards Coaldale.


Mars is situated on the primary entrance to the Galt Museum and Archives, 502 1St avenue S. (Scenic Dr.).


Mercury is situated on the Lethbridge Public Library, Major Department- 810 fifth Ave S.


Neptune is situated at Park Lake Provincial Park, Vary Rd. 223, north from Lethbridge.

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Venus is situated in entrance of the Previous Courthouse 1010 4th Ave S.

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