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The Planetary Path


The Planetary Path

The Planetary Path at Lemvig is a model of the solar system in the scale 1:1 billion. It consists of sculptures made of granite and bronze, which are placed in the landscape along the Limfjord at Lemvig. Downtown - in the large bend at Vesterbjerg - you will see the Sun. It’s a big bronzeglobe, in the scale chosen it is 139,10 cm. That means that its real diametre is 1,391,000 kilometres. From here you walk through the town park. You will first reach the planet Mercury at which point you have accomplished 57,9 million kilometres in space.

Moon and earthJupiter Continue and pass Venus and the Halley's Comet, which is marked with a hedge of Common Box in the right side af the path. Soon hereafter you will meet the Earth with the Moon, Mars, the dwarf planet Ceres, and Jupiter. At Vinkelhage you pass Saturn with the rings. From here, the distances between the planets increase dramatically. After quite a distance you will reach the next planet, Uranus. Uranus stands on the beach to the north of the holiday centre and the marina, as well at the Søgårdevejen. At Gjeller Odde you will find Neptun, which is the most distant planet in our solar system. It is accompanied by the dwarf planet Pluto. Pluto has an oval orbit and is therefore shown in three positions. In its shortest distance from the Sun it is within the orbit of Neptun. In the middle distance it is shown on the north beach of Gjeller Odde, and in its outermost position it is marked by a stone on the Ryletorv at Hygum.
All the planets are marked by a granite plinth with a bronze top where a globe shows the size of the planet.

Pluto

Thøger Larsen - a poet under the Stars

A walk on the Planetary Path will give you an impression of the dimensions and distances of the real solar system. At the same time you can enjoy the beautiful and varied landscape - all the time with a view over the Limfjord. This landscape gave inspiration to the wellknown Danish poet, Thøger Larsen, who was also scientifically engaged in astronomy. He made use of the observations in his poems. At the Lemvig Museum you can see a Thøger Larsen exhibition. The Museum is situated in Vesterbjerg - near the Sun.

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