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Our Solar System

 

This outdoor exhibition has been disbanded.

Our Solar system consists of the Sun, eight official planets, at least three dwarf planets, natural satellites of the planets, as well as man-made satellites and a large number of small bodies like comets and asteroids.

With Science Centre representing the Sun, nine unique sundial sculptures are placed at various locations around Singapore. The relative distances of these sculptures from the Science Centre represents the distance of each planet from the Sun. Start your journey now and explore our Solar System right here in Singapore, and learn more about our planets.

Kindly note that this exhibition is off-site.  
 

LEGEND

1.  Sun Science Centre Singapore (Ecogarden) 6.  Jupiter West Coast Park
(Near MacDonald’s, next to Carpark 3)
2.  Mercury Science Centre Singapore (Fibonacci Terrace)
 
7.  Saturn one-North Park
(Beside water feature)
3.  Venus Japanese Garden
(Near Guest House)
8.  Uranus Ang Mo Kio Park
(Near MacDonald's, next to playground)
4.  Earth Chinese Garden
(Near Stone Boat)
9.  Neptune East Coast Park
(At Bougainvillea Garden, next to Carpark F2)
5.  Mars Jurong Lake Park
(Near Central Plaza)
10.  Pluto Changi Beach Park
(Near Amphitheatre, next to Carpark 1)

 

   

Distances of the planets from the Sun:

 

Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and the smallest in our Solar system. With an average distance of 58 million kilometres from the Sun, Mercury orbits around it in 88 Earth days.
    

Venus is the second planet from the Sun and is sometimes known as the Earth's "twin", because the two planets are so similar in size. The diameter of Venus is about 12,100 kilometres, approximately 644 kilometres smaller than that of the Earth. With an average distance of 108 million kilometres from the Sun, Venus orbits around it in 225 Earth days.

    

Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the place we all call home. With an average distance of 150 million kilometres from the Sun, Earth orbits around it in 365.25 days.

 

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and one of Earth’s next door neighbours in space. With an average distance of 228 million kilometres from the Sun, Mars orbits around it in 687 Earth days.

 

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and is the largest planet in our Solar system. About 11 times wider than Earth, Jupiter has a diameter of 142,984 kilometres. With an average distance of 778 million kilometres from the Sun, Jupiter orbits around it in 11.86 Earth years.

 

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and is the second largest planet in our Solar system. Saturn has seven thin, flat rings around it that are made up of ice particles travelling around the planet. With an average distance of 1.42 billion kilometres from the Sun, Saturn orbits around it in 29.46 Earth years.

 

Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun. It is the farthest planet that can be seen without a telescope. With an average distance of 2.87 billion kilometres from the Sun, Uranus orbits around it in 84 Earth years.

 

Neptune is the eighth planet from the Sun. It is the only planet in our system that cannot be seen without a telescope (excluding Pluto). With an average distance of 4.49 billion kilometres from the Sun, Neptune orbits around it in 165 Earth years.

 

From its discovery in 1930 till 2006, Pluto was considered as our Solar System’s ninth planet. However, in 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) demoted Pluto to a dwarf planet. With an average distance of 5.87 billion kilometres from the Sun, Pluto orbits around it in 248 Earth years.

Note: This project was completed before IAU’s decision to demote Pluto to a dwarf planet.

 

  

This project is part of the Science Centre’s ‘Science is Everywhere’ project which hopes to bring science out of the centre and integrate it into everyday life.  

 

Our Solar System is a collaborative project by:

     

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