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This is an activity about size and scale. Learners will use common objects to create a size and distance model of the Solar System, with a peppercorn representing the size of the Earth. Using paces or steps as a form of standard measurement, learners will then count the number of paces that are necessary between each planet or common object until a scale model is complete. The resulting model is approximately 1,000 yards, or over 1/2 mile, in length. This is Activity D-4 of Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0: A Collection of Activities and Resources for Teaching Astronomy DVD-ROM, which is available for purchase.
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