Sweden Solar System

The Sweden Solar System is a scale model of our solar system in Sweden. The center is the multi-purpose arena Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, representing the sun in the model. The planets and other objects are distributed all over Sweden, from Kiruna in the north to Karlshamn in the south.

History and structure of the model

The idea for the Sweden Solar System originated in the 1990s at a seminar at the then astronomical observatory in Saltsjöbaden, which belonged to the University of Stockholm. The driving forces in the execution of the project were the plasma physicist Nils Brenning and the astronomer Gösta Gahm. The structure of the model was carried out gradually, in future extensions are also planned.

As the center and sun of the model, the Ericsson Globe acts on the southern edge of the Stockholm city center, the largest spherical building in the world. The other objects are made ​​of true to scale sculptures, flower beds or engraved plates in exceptional cases. The smallest model of the representation, the asteroid Palomar - Leiden ( 5025 PL) is only one-fifth of a millimeter in size. The Jupiter model is a flower bed with a diameter of seven meters.

The scale of the whole model is 1:20 million. An astronomical unit is equivalent to 7.6 km, thus the model of the Earth at the Natural History Museum Kingdom has been placed. All inner planets are not further away than 12 km from the model center.

The model of Jupiter, the nearest celestial body of the outer planets, stands in front of Arlanda Airport, about 40 km from the Ericsson Globe. In Uppsala, 73 km from the center, the Saturn model is planned and the outermost dwarf planet Sedna has a distance of 810 km. In addition to the planets, the model also shows other solar system objects, such as asteroids and comets. A representation of the termination shock in Kiruna, 950 km from the center, is currently the most distant model.

This is Sweden Solar System, the world 's largest model of our solar system. Smaller solar system examples are included in the article Planet.

The sun

The inner planets

The outer planets