Lets enjoy a nice stroll while learning about the solar system! After our walk we will sit down for a relaxing picnic.
The Chandler Solar System Walk is a privately funded educational project created to promote astronomy to park visitors and was dedicated in July 2012.
The walk begins on the northwest side of the park lake with a sign that introduces the Solar System Walk, and other signs follow in a clockwise direction around the lake. Each foot you travel along the 2,500-foot pathway is relative to 1.5 million miles in space. From the monument for the sun, your stroll of nearly half a mile will represent a journey of roughly four billion miles to the edge of our solar system.
The Chandler Solar System Walk is a scale representation of the sun, planets and other objects in the known solar system, shrunk down to fit within the confines of Veterans Oasis Park. In this scale model, the sun is only 7 inches wide, Earth is about 1/10th of an inch wide, the largest planet Jupiter is about 3/4 of an inch wide, and the dwarf planet Pluto is much smaller than the tiny period at the end of this sentence.
As you experience the Chandler Solar System Walk, you will gain a greater appreciation for the enormity of space. When you contemplate our star and the eight planets that comprise our solar system, remember that they occupy a tiny point in space within the much larger Milky Way, a spiral galaxy of more than 200 billion stars. And the Milky Way is only a single galaxy among billions and billions of other galaxies within the Universe.
After our walk we will sit down to enjoy a relaxing potluck picnic together. Some ideas of what to bring:
- Sandwich meat,
- Peanut butter,
- Vegetables with dip.
- Pre-Packaged snacks, cookies or crackers,
- Single servings of fruit cups or puddings.
Please mention in your RSVP what you will be bringing for the picnic so that we can avoid duplicates and ensure variety.