Understanding the Solar System
A hike and education in one.
Laid out in a scale of 1:1 billion, the path of planets enables a comparison of the sizes and distances in the solar system. A meter of the model corresponds to one billion kilometers in real solar system. Besides the known planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto are also included.
The model of the sun is a yellow ball on a pole and is located shortly after the final station of SZU on the way to UTO Kulm. The planetary models are at boulders of the Linth and Reuss glacier. The smaller planets were infused with glass and set into a niche of the boulder. The larger planets were affixed to the top of the boulder. Each planet has a sign with information about it’s place in the solar system and contains extra information like equatorial diameter, rotational speed, etc.