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Kendal Solar System Scale Model Day #3 report…

Yesterday, for the third year running, Kendal’s EDDINGTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY set-out a scale model of the solar system in the town, positioning Society members along the bank of the River Kent, along with a tiny model of “their” planet,  pictures and information sheets. Everything was to the correct scale – the planet models were in scale with the model Sun at the start of the model, and the distances between each planet was to the same correct scale too. So, visitors to our model were able to walk along the river for half an hour or so, and visit each planet in turn, learning about it, receiving information sheets on it, and generally learning about astronomy.

Unfortunately, the weather affected us rather badly this year. The last two years we had been blessed with absolutely beautiful days, unbropken sunshine, and trhe crowds came out accordingly. This year our luck ran out, and yesterday was very showery and grey here in Kendal, and even though there were no heavy downpours, obviously many people thought that such downpours were going to happen, so stayed in town or even indoors. So our visitor numbers were well down. That’s not to say people DIDN’T come and see our model, far from it. We had a steady flow of Solar System trekkers between mid-day and 4pm, but none of the surging crowds from last year. The poor weather also meant we weren’t able to show people the Sun through our filtered telescopes as we had planned. And just to make the event even more “challenging” we were a few helpers down, too.

But, all those things apart, it was still a great day, and all the EAS members who took part – and our non-EAS member friends and supporters too – really enjoyed themselves, and enjoyed the chance to “spread the word” about the solar system, astronomy and the Eddington AS with the many people who came along to take a look at our model.

Some photos from the day…

The start of our model, with EAS Chairman Graham Fell (left, blue jumper) workiing hard on setting things up…

“Mercury”…

“Venus”…

“Earth”…

(I was “Mars” so there’s no photo… shame… haha!)

“Jupiter” (where you could also see some meteorites, including a piece of Vesta!)…

(waiting for a picture of “Saturn”, but special thanks to Kendal Museum’s Anna Hall, who had to ‘be’ Saturn on her own, after none of her young Space Explorers Club turned up to help her… 😦  )

“Uranus”…

“Neptune”…

We didn’t have a “Pluto” this year because of a lack of manpower, and I didn’t bother even putting up a board or notice indicating where it should be, as some hoodie-wearing, I’m-such-a-bad-guy chav scumbag would have nicked it or thrown it in the river, so “Neptune” just told people where Pluto would be.

So, yes, it was still a very enjoyable day, with lots of young families especially. Great help from all the volunteers, and a surprise visit from a very, very special and very welcome guest…

As you can see, the good Professor was more than happy to pose for photos with our volunteers and visitors… 🙂

Despite the poor weather there was a great spirit during the day, and we all had a lot of fun unbetween talking to our visitors…

Thanks again to everyone who came along yesterday, to help or to see the model. It was definitely worth doing, and hopefully it will have attracted some new members to the Society, too! 🙂

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