"The Sun -- a star among many" Queckbronn Things to Do Tip by Nemorino

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  1. Yellow sphere representing the sun
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  • 1. Yellow sphere representing the sun - Queckbronn
      1. Yellow sphere representing the sun
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  • 2. Text panel about the Planetary Trail - Queckbronn
      2. Text panel about the Planetary Trail
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  • 3. Text panel about the sun - Queckbronn
      3. Text panel about the sun
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The Weikersheim Planetary Trail begins on the Tauber Valley Cycling Route at the northern edge of the city of Weikersheim. A yellow sphere, about one and a half meters in diameter, represents the sun at a scale of 1:1,000,000,000.

From there you start walking or cycling slightly uphill towards the Karlsberg (Charlie's Hill) and Queckbronn.

The amazing thing, if you haven't thought about it for a while, is that the sun and the planets are so small in comparison to the huge distances between them. Walking or cycling the Planetary Trail is a good way to get a feeling for the true proportions of our solar system -- highly recommended!

The text panels are attractive, up-to-date (as of 2007) and highly informative. They are in German only, but if you don't understand that language you can still appreciate the photos and understand some of the statistics.

Photos:
1. Yellow sphere representing the sun
2. Text panel about the Weikersheim Planetary Trail
3. Text panel about the sun

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Directions: GPS 49°29'25.51" North; 9°54'4.41" East
Website: http://www.sternwarte-weikersheim.de/planetenweg/planetenweg_set.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 18, 2011
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