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A model solar system in North Tyneside

Funded on Spacehive 9 January 2024 Delivered 18 March 2024

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A model solar system in North Tyneside

David Majarich By David Majarich

A temporary scale model (1:1 billion) of the solar system over 5.9kms located in North Tyneside, launching as part of British Science Week in March 2024. A test case for a permanent installation.

Whitley Bay Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 09 Jan 2024!

What? a 1:1,000,000,000 scale model of the solar system - Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto both in terms of model size and relative distances between each model. eg Sun is 1.4m in size where the earth is 1.3cm and a distance of 150m. When? 9 & 10 or 16 & 17 March 2024 which is British Science Week Where? From Tynemouth to St Mary's lighthouse, Whitely bay Who? local team assembled combined with international expertise from similar schemes who have already guided and donated materials. Lead by David Majarich, local resident in North Shields. How? project underway with some models sourced and outline designs for information boards (including braille), sustainable materials and tapping into Astronomy clubs to provide volunteers on each day.

What we'll deliver:

  • 2 day display of the scaled solar system between St Marys Lighthouse Whitely Bay and Front St Tynemouth
  • a 5.9km active travel experience of walking the solar system equivalent to 5.9 billion kms
  • scale models of the sun and nine planets, information boards and volunteers providing insight into each planet

Why it's a great idea:

It is a challenge to express how small we really are in terms of our size and location in the solar system. Most depictions show the solar system on a page or in one model that you can look at in one glance, however either the size or the distance between the sun and planets will be incorrect. In this collaboration of arts, science and education - a scale of 1 to 1 billion eg the sun is 1.4m in diameter, the earth is 1.3cm with a distance of 150m between them! Visually, you are looking at a sun the size twice the size of a beach ball and the earth the size of a marble - separated by one and half football pitches. Using local artists and materials, schools and societies - this concept aims to bring together the community to bring to life our part however small in the solar system.

Steps to get it done:

  • 01/01/2024 to 31/01/2024 Model build + content generation
  • 01/02/2024 to 29/02/2024 Event plan finalise
  • 01/03/2024 to 15/03/2024 Final model build, volunteer briefing, testing
  • 16/03/2024 to 17/03/2024 British Science Week (event days)
  • 18/03/2024 to 17/04/2024 post evaluation, debrief

Introduction video: Initial meeting held with North Tyneside Council (Steve Bishop, head of Culture and Tom Wilson Head of Events) to pitch the idea - outline support in principle received from NTC. Follow up in January.

Location Whitley Bay

About the space

Whitley bay


North Tyneside Council

How will the money be spent?Total £1,020

production of models and bases - £400 (39%)
photographer, drone, post production, website - £150 (15%)
volunteer lunches - £100 (10%)
info boards, printing, flags - £100 (10%)
shipping existing Sun model AU > UK, UK > AU - £100 (10%)
prizes / giveaways (2 x lego toys) - £40 (4%)
Other - £130 (13%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

production of models and bases
photographer, drone, post production, website
volunteer lunches
info boards, printing, flags
shipping existing Sun model AU > UK, UK > AU
prizes / giveaways (2 x lego toys)
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT

Total £1,020

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