Trivia

Hard

The Largest Model Of The Solar System Ever Built Is Located In?

Mexico
Canada
The United States
Sweden
The Ericsson Globe, the center of the massive Swedish building-based model.
Bengt-re/Flickr

Answer: Sweden

The largest permanent scale model of the solar system this side of, well, the actual solar system, is located in Sweden. How large is the model? If you guessed the size of a whole museum, a city block, or even a city itself, you’ll need to think a wee bit bigger. The model is set to a 1:20 million scale and spans the entire country.

The center of the model and the stand-in for the Sun is the Ericsson Globe, the largest hemispherical building in the world, located in Stockholm, Sweden. Radiating out from that central point are to-scale representations of the inner planets located around the city of Stockholm. Mercury is located in the Stockholm City Museum. Venus is located at Vetenskapens Hus at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology). Earth is located in the Swedish Museum of Natural History (Cosmonova). By the time we get to Mars, the most remote of the inner planets, we’ve ended up just outside the city limits in the suburb of Danderyd where the model for Mars is located at the Mörby Centrum shopping center.

From there, the distances increase quickly. Jupiter is located 40 kilometers from the Ericsson Globe at the Stockholm Arlanda Airport. By the time we get to Neptune, we’re 229 kilometers from the Ericsson Globe in the coastal fishing town of Söderhamn. The furthest of the dwarf planets, Sedna, is located at Teknikens Hus, a science center in Luleå, a whopping 912 kilometers from the center of the model. To date, the furthest object in the model is the foundation for a future sculpture representation of the Termination Shock (the edge of the heliosphere where the Sun’s supersonic solar winds slow down to subsonic velocity) set at 950 kilometers from the center and located at the Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna.

Trivia

Easy

Before Surfer Culture Adopted The Word “Dude” It Referred To What?

Trivia

Hard

The Black And White Gangster Film Kevin Watches in ‘Home Alone’ Is Called?

Trivia

Hard

Names That Fit With The Personality Or Occupation Of The Owner Are Called?

Trivia

Hard

The Only Predator That Routinely Preys On Skunks Is The?

Trivia

Easy

The U.S. State With The Highest Number Of French Speakers Is?

Trivia

Hard

Which Band Derives Its Name From A Unit Of Measurement?

Trivia

Hard

An Early Attempt To Combat VHS Tape Piracy Involved What?

Trivia

Very Hard

What Plant Is Even More Irresistible To Cats Than Catnip?

Trivia

Very Hard

When You Mishear Song Lyrics You Are Experiencing?

Trivia

Hard

Which Famed 20th Century Pacifist Influenced The Show Star Trek?