University of Alberta Observatory

Department of Physics
The Planets in the West CCIS Atrium
Scale Model of the Solar System

A scale model of the Solar system hangs in the CCIS West Atrium. The model depicts the location of the planets on September 23, 2008, the 100-year anniversary of the University of Alberta.

The plane of the solar system is vertical. Try to imagine the planets moving in orbits over and under the Sun.

The technical design of the installation was by Craig Heinke and Marc van der Sluys. The artist Michael Prettyman interpreted the design and built the model out of fibreglass and plexiglass. The installation was made possible through a generous donation by the Edmonton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

For photos of the installation, visit our facebook photo album.

There are 3 different length scales used in this installation. This page will explain the different scales used.

Scale 1: Distance Between the Planets
Scale 2: Sizes of the Planets
Scale 3: Size of the Sun
Photos of the Installation (Nov. 28, 2011)

Click on a picture to see the album.