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A pocket-sized, interactive, visual guide to our star and planetary neighbours. The pages can be removed and placed to make a scale model of our Solar System.
Hold the Solar System in the palm of your hand!
approx. H x W: 80mm x 62mm
(I usually produce my books in batches of five or six, if there are none available now there will be more available soon!)
A reference copy is available at the TATE Library at TATE Britain: http://www.tate.org.uk/research/library/online-library-catalogue
Search for it by title on the Library Catalogue.
'Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space...' - Douglas Adams.
This book is my visual attempt to do justice to Douglas Adams' words and the hugeness of our Solar System!
I have always read books and articles explaining how big the Solar System is through various metaphors ('if the Sun was as big as an Orange, Earth would be a pinhead x metres away' etc). Whilst these metaphors do help the reader understand, I have always thought that it is one thing to read about metaphors but another to actually be able to recreate one yourself.
After learning a bookbinding technique that allows pages to be removed and replaced at will, I realised I had a way in which to recreate a scale model of the Solar System and 'Pocket Orrery' is the result!
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