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Cycle the Solar System

York’s solar system model

The scale of our model is 575,872,239 to 1. So every 100 metres along the track corresponds to more than 57 million kilometres in space. This means that along the route the speed of light is about 1.16 mph, so it is easy to walk at around 3 times the speed of light and to cycle at about 10 times the speed of light.

Beyond Pluto the nearest star is Alpha Centauri, more than 40,680,200,000,000 km away. On the model this would be 70,641 km from Riccall, or about one and three quarters of the way around the Earth!

 

 

Real

 

Model

 

Body

Diameter

Distance from the Sun

Diameter

Distance from the Sun

 

(In Thousands of Kilometers)

(In Millions of Kilometers)

(In Centimeters)

(In Meters)

Sun

1391900

 

242

 

Mercury

4.9

58

0.84

100

Venus

12

108

2.1

188

Earth

12.8

150

2.11

260

Mars

6.7

228

1.17

396

Jupiter

140

778

24.23

1351

Saturn

116

1427

20.22

2478

Uranus

47

2870

8.15

4984

Neptune

45

4500

7.89

7814

Pluto

3.4

5913

0.59

102678

CLICK HERE for a more detailed scale guide

When the Selby coal field was developed in the early 1980s the train line was diverted. The route was bought by the newly-formed Sustrans for 1. The construction of this track in 1985-1987 was the first venture for Sustrans, who have gone on to create the National Cycle Network with the help of a 43.5 million grant from the Millennium Commission.
 

CLICK HERE For more information about the building of the model.

In 1999 Adam Hart- Davis cut the tape and officially opened the route. Since then many events have taken place along the tracks such as guided tours of the model and even a unicycle ride.

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