Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory

Through the Astronomical Park

arcetriHow was the solar system made? How big are the planets? And, in what proportion are they to each other? How long does it take for light to reach a certain planet?
To these and to other fundamental questions, the Astronomical Park responds with scale model of the Solar System found in the grounds of the Observatory. Inaugurated in September 2009, in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, and, thanks to the contribution of the Regione Toscana, the scale model of the Solar System was conceived by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Starting from the farthest of the eight planets, Neptune, located a little after the entrance to Arcetri, one arrives to Mercury, the closest planet to our Sun. The latter, located on the outer wall of the Amici Pavilion, concludes the walk in the open before entering into the dome to observe the sky with the telescope.
The planets are represented in their natural colors on iron structures capable of weathering the elements and of renewing itself with colors and alterations wich induce the strong visual and tactile impressions.
Mythology is the theme that is developed in the supporting structures of the planets: each planet evokes a myth and each myth becomes a simbol that characterizes each of the structures.