Scale Model of the Earth and Moon
Posted by astrogeek on August 21, 2009
As well as the scale model of the solar system in my previous post, I will be using a scale model of the Earth and Moon in order to show distances, as well as demonstrate eclipses. For this model, I used a 1″ wood ball, and a 1/4″ wood ball. I drilled holes in them, and glued them onto bamboo Shish Kabob skewers.
Then I painted the moon a gray that my wife had in her craft paints, and also painted the ‘Earth’ to vaguely resemble a globe. I can’t say that I’m an artist. If I work really hard, I may someday be good enough to be fired from a sweatshop operation in China.
To use this I’ll be using a pair of spring clamps, and a yardstick (or reasonable approximation thereof). The proper distance between the Earth and Moon at this scale turns out to be 30 inches.