The Villages - May 2018 - 48

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Seeing Stars With
The Villages Astronomy Club

48

MAY 2018

Each panel shows a different planet or other
astronomical feature in the solar system - all in relative
distance from the sun.
While the inner planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth and
Mars - are barely within a step or two of each other,
the outer planets require a bit of a walk to reach.
The Solar Walk helps attendees visualize the vast
distances in space, even within our own solar system.
Even though a trip to Neptune only takes a minute or
two on the Solar Walk, in reality, it took the Voyager 2
probe more than 10 years to get there. In fact, even
though it was launched in 1977 and is traveling at a
velocity of more than 34,000 miles per hour, Voyager
2 still has not officially left the solar system, according
to NASA.

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The Villages Astronomy Club keeps an eye on the sky.
Using their high-powered telescopes, club members
view planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae at club
meetings, schools or other local events.
Along with observing the heavens, club members
host learning sessions, special events, guest speakers and
more when the club meets on the third Tuesday of each
month at Laurel Manor Recreation Center.
One such event is the Solar Walk, a special learning
tool the club uses to teach visitors about the planets in
our solar system.
The Villages Astronomy Club website describes the
Solar Walk as "a group of 14 colorful panels that are
set up to the scaled distances between the sun and all of
the planets."

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By Mark anderson



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