Local amateur astronomer, Russ Jones has proposed an interesting and informative “Planet Walk” with Chelan County PUD. This interactive walk would be comprised of five foot tall signs bearing fun facts of astronomy. Starting at the Southwest corner of Riverwalk Park, the signs would represent a scale model of our solar system.
Throughout the world, there are 24 Planet Walks with 12 of them located in the United States. This Planet Walk if approved by the PUD would have signs spaced in scale to each planet’s distance from the sun with informative facts. “Humans can’t understand infinity,” said Jones. The five foot tall signs would be spaced according to each planet’s distance from the sun and would cover about 2,800 feet along the trail starting with Mercury, which is the closest to the sun and ending with Neptune out by the Reach OneTrailhead at the beginning of the Old Gorge Road.
The program would make for an educational walk for science students, astronomy buffs and visitors curious about our solar system. “It takes eight minutes for the light from the sun to reach earth,” said Jones. “It takes four hours for this light to reach Neptune and four years for that light to reach the next closest star. That sign would have to be erected in Kiev, Ukraine.”
Chelan PUD has a Survey on its website at http://chelanpud.org. and wants to know what your thoughts are on this display idea called “Objects in the Solar System and Galaxy” along the 1.5 mile stretch.
These interactive signs would be installed and maintained by the Chelan Rotary Club. The Survey ends on Friday, January 19. To take the survey, go here: https://ccpud.polldaddy.com/s/riverwalk-park-solar-system-station-survey