Beaufort Street Solar System Stroll

The Beaufort Street Solar System Stroll is a fun way to learn about our solar system.

You can walk from the Sun outside Ace Pizza (across from St Albans Ave) all the way to Pluto outside Perth College (corner Lawley Cr). We’re calling Pluto a planet on our stroll and don’t really care what the “experts”say!

The scale has been worked out exactly so that 1 millimetre equals 3,725 kilometres. It sure gives you an appreciation of how big each planet is and the incredible size of the solar system. The Earth is a pinprick in comparison to the size of the Sun.

Based on that same scale, the next solar system in our universe would be located in North Korea! That’s the size gap between our little solar system and our closest galactic neighbours. We reckon this is the only example in Australia where you can truly appreciate the size of the solar system.

Most of the hard work on this project was done by local resident Rory Deegan. It was funded by the Network through Round 2 of the Better Beaufort Grant Competition.

The story has received international attention with The Irish Times reporting on the project and Beaufort Street’s Irish connection. Read the article by clicking here.

So go for a stroll down Beaufort Street and see for yourself. See a map of where the planets are located by clicking here.

If you can’t make it in person, you can get some idea of the relative sizes of the planets below.

The Sun is outside Ace Pizza (across from St Albans Ave)
The Sun is outside Rockefeller Deli (across from St Albans Ave)
Mercury is outside Ace Pizza
Mercury is outside Rockefeller Deli
Venus is outside the carpark at 456 Beaufort St
Venus is outside the carpark at 456 Beaufort St
The Earth is outside the carpark at 456 Beaufort St
The Earth is outside the carpark at 456 Beaufort St
Mars is outside Blacksmith
Mars is outside Blacksmith
Jupiter is outside Keturah Day Spa
Jupiter is outside Keturah Day Spa
Saturn is on the corner of Harold St
Saturn is on the corner of Harold St
Uranus is outside the old Pony Club building
Uranus is outside Lawley’s
Neptune is across the road from McKenzie's Chemist
Neptune is across the road from McKenzie’s Chemist
Pluto is on the corner of Lawley Cr by Perth College
Pluto is on the corner of Lawley Cr by Perth College