AssignmentDesign a scale model of the solar system and its nearest neighbor. Your model should include the following:
All of the relevant numbers for the sizes and distances for these objects can be found in the appendices (1) of the text book. To convert them to your scale, simply divide them by your chosen scale factor. For example: If you choose to make a 1/10th scale model, you would then make the Earth (with a real radius of 6378 km) have a radius of 637.8 km in your model. Obviously, picking the correct scale is important. Making a 1/10th scale model of the Earth isn't very useful, but making a 1/1000th scale model of a doll house isn't going to be much good either. So choosing the right scale to display your information is important. If you are having trouble choosing a scale (or with any other part of this assignment) talk to your TA.
What to turn in:
(1) - The Appendices: The back of astronomy textbooks are full of data tables of useful information. For this project, the most useful parts are unit conversions, the information on the sun, and the information on the planets. The semi-major axis is the average distance from the planet to the sun. Alpha-Centauri is just like the sun in size.