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Solar System Way

Build-it-yourself Telescope
A working telescope you can build for yourself.

Call Home ET
A simulation of the time delay for radio signals to spacecraft different distances away from Earth.

Constellations 1 The Plough
Constellations appear as they do only from Earth or nearby. As this model shows for The Plough, the stars in constellations are spread out in space, not in a fixed flat shape.

Constellations 2 Orion
Constellations appear as they do only from Earth or nearby. As this model shows for Orion, the stars in constellations are spread out in space, not in a fixed flat shape.

Earth and Sun (Tellurium)
A model of the Earth and Sun showing why we have night and day and the seasons.

Gravity Well
A horn-shaped well represents the gravity field around the Sun. Balls (planets) orbit round as they roll into the well.

Radio Telescope
A model radio telescope. Point the telescope at 'stars' - which is emitting radio waves?

Solar System Way
The solar system, with fantastic detailed models of the planets and their moons, shrunk down to fit inside the Exploratory.

The Virgo Cluster of Galaxies
An astronomical photograph which can be examined in detail to show the different galaxy shapes.

 
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