Otford Solar System

Otford Solar System

Otford, Sevenoaks, TN14 5PQ

The Otford Solar System is a scale model of the solar system constructed in and around the village of Otford in southeast England.

The model, formed of reflective domes on plinths with information plaques, accurately represents the positions of the planets at the turn of the millennium, 1st January 2000, all in relation to the Sun. The Sun and the nearby planets are all located in the village playing field with short walks to the next nearest planets.

Interestingly, the model not only extends to the distant planets Neptune, Uranus and Pluto (a couple of miles outside of the village!), it also includes four of the nearest stars, to scale and at approximately at the correct distance. Due to the vast distances involved the nearest star to the Sun, Proxima Centauri, is located in Los Angeles, Barnard’s Star in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, Sirius in Sydney, Australia and Ross 154 in Christchurch, New Zealand!


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  • Castle Point Astronomy Club beginners observing night

    Wednesday 22nd September 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    St Michael and All Angels Church, St Michaels Road, Hadleigh, SS7 2UW (25.4 miles away)

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  • Loughton Astronomical Society meeting & observing

    Thursday 23rd September 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Theydon Bois, Epping, CM16 7EJ (24.8 miles away)

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  • Kenley Observatory Public Open Evening

    Saturday 25th September 2021 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

    Norman Fisher Observatory at Kenley, Near Kenley Aerodrome, Kenley, CR8 5EP (12.6 miles away)

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  • Castle Point Astronomy Club meeting

    Wednesday 29th September 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    St Michael and All Angels Church, St Michaels Road, Hadleigh, SS7 2UW (25.4 miles away)

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  • Loughton Astronomical Society meeting & observing

    Thursday 30th September 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Theydon Bois, Epping, CM16 7EJ (24.8 miles away)

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