The classic trail is 1 mile long (1.6km) incorporating 10 displays. These include a Welcome sign, the Sun and eight Planets. As the trail represents the Solar System to scale, six of these signs (Welcome, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars) are located along the first 200-300ft (60-100 meters), the next four (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) are spread out along the rest of the trail.
As you plan the trail try to have the initial 100 yards / meters in a straight line making it possible to look back from Mars to the Sun. Consider incorporating a shaded seating area around the mid trail point, somewhere between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus.
The end sign (Neptune) includes several segments of audio listening, these are ‘Neptune’, ‘Beyond Neptune’ and ‘Beyond the Solar System’. It is also the beginning of the trail ‘A Comet’s Journey’ that goes backwards to the Sun. A rest area would be appropriate here as people take their time listening to the audio segments and reflecting from this unique vantage point back to the heart of the Solar System and the infinite space beyond.
It is possible to have longer and shorter trail. The shortest (Sun to Mars) can be as short as 200ft. It will include 7 displays with a final display of the four Gas Giants (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) not to the distance scale.
Trails can be set in a linear or loop layout.
The audio guide includes two trails for children. These are shorter walks. Mission to Mars for age 4+ runs over the first 200-300ft. A Voyage to Saturn age 7+ is about 1/3 mile or 1/2 km long. The Solar System Experience runs the full length of the trail whilst A Comet’s Journey runs back from the end of the trail to the start.
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