WALK THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Inspired by the solar system trail on the York to Selby cycle route, Astrosoc members Mathew, Thom and Adam wanted to create a scale model of the solar system across the University of York Campus. In early 2016 they were awarded funding from Yufund to make this a reality.
Bringing together expertise from the mechanical workshops on site at the University, and a group of professional prop designers, the 8 planets (and dwarf planet Pluto) were created.
The planets themselves were each individually hand sculpted in clay before being cast in a fibreglass resin and painted. This work was performed by North Yorkshire Props Dept (NYPD) who are based in Scarborough.
Crucial to the success of this project was the crowd funding project that was also run to raise funds. AstroSoc would like to specifically thank the University of York Chemistry Department for their help in funding the project.
FINDING THE PLANETS
The Solar System model stretches across both campuses, starting at the Astrocampus on Heslington West and ending with the dwarf planet Pluto at Constantine college on Heslington East.
Use the detailed campus map below to find the nine planet locations. Click here for a larger version.
The walk forms a scale model of the solar system with each of the planets represented.
The Making of the Model
After the initial funding had been secured, construction of the planets and plinths could begin. Several designs of plinths were considered, with the concept sketch on the left being chosen. The plinths were built in the mechanical workshops in the Chemistry and Biology departments.