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Image Location: The Sun at Jodrell Bank

The Sun at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire

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Above The installation representing The Sun is a dynamic response to the interaction between the Sun and the Earth; its design was product-inspired.

Site designer Ann Picot was keen to utilise the optical qualities of acrylic to create a sculpture, the impact of which would vary according to the height and angle of the Sun, the optical properties of the material and the position of the observer. In doing so, it would create a unique experience for visitors and provoke individual interpretation.

The initial design concept was developed by Artist Maggie Morgan and pupils from Sacred Heart RC Primary School in Oldham, Greater Manchester, who wanted to represent sunspots, solar flares and the surface texture of the Sun.

Kevin Hodgkinson of Degussa offered much-needed technical advice and he sculpture was fabricated by JD Plastics of Liverpool from circular sheets of PLEXIGLAS SATINICE that were generously supplied by Amari Plastics of Oldham.

It was decided to use hard landscaping that was light in tone so that the shadows and visual effects were clearly visible. Spaced Out is grateful to Tobermore Concrete Products for generously supplying the paving materials and to Ken Culshaw for laying them so expertly.

The Sun at Jodrell Bank has been generously supported by G-Mex/MICC.

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Above (TOP - LEFT to RIGHT) Our patron Sir Francis Graham-Smith FRS unveils the artistic installation representing The Sun at the Jodrell Bank Obseravtory during National Science Week 2005. Sir Francis is accompanied by pupils from Sacred Heart RC Primary Sc

ImageWacky facts!

  1. The Sun is large enough to hold over one million planets the size of Earth.

  2. It takes light only 8Ĺ minutes to travel from the Sunís surface to Earth but over a million years for its photons to make it from the Sunís centre to the surface.

  3. Every second, the Sun converts over 4 million tonnes of hydrogen into helium, creating enough energy to power a country like the United States for about 4 million years!

  4. Energy from the Sun drives our weather systems, gives us blue skies and coloured sunsets, once created our fossil fuels and keeps us alive!

  5. The Sun is almost 5 billion years old but it should keep shining for at least another 5 billion.

  6. The surface of the Sun, called its photosphere, appears yellow because of it temperature - about 5500 degrees Celsius.

  7. Different parts of the Sun spin at different rates - it takes 35 days to spin once at the poles but only 25 days to rotate at the equator.

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The Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre
The Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre is the visitor centre for the world famous Lovell Radio Telescope and the Jodrell Bank Observatory, the astronomy research centre of the University of Manchester.

The new Observational Pathway, stretching a full 180 degrees around the base of the Lovell Telescope, is now open. The pathway allows visitors to get closer to the telescope than every before.

There is also a 3D Theatre, a small exhibition area, 35-acre Arboretum with its National Collections of Malus and Sorbus, an award winning Environmental Discovery Centre, housing the Tree Planet exhibition, Space Cafe and Shop.

PLUS, the Centrepiece of the Spaced Out project, the stunning representation of The Sun.

Observe the Sun with SOHO
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is stationed 1.5 million kilometres away from the Earth. There, it continuously watches the Sun, returning spectacular pictures and data of the storms that rage across its surface.

SOHO's studies range from the Sun's hot interior, through its visible surface and stormy atmosphere, and out to distant regions where the wind from the Sun battles with a breeze of atoms coming from among the stars.

The SOHO mission is a joint ESA/NASA project.

Double Star - studying the Sun's effect on the Earth's environment
Double Star, a joint mission between China and the European Space Agency, is the follow-up to ESA's ground-breaking Cluster II mission. The two are now working together to explore the Sun's effect on our environment.

Amari Plastics
The Sun at Jodrell bank was fabricated by JD Plastics of Speke, Liverpool. Degussa's PLEXIGLAS SATINICE acrylic was kindly supplied by Amari Plastics of Oldham.

Amari Plasics commenced trading in 1975 and has long been established as the market leader in the distribution of semi-finished plastics.

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