Hi there LJers :)
I'd like your help doing a project that my education research partner and I have been thinking about for a while. We're studying how science museums and planetaria and various institutions that display models/diagrams of astronomical objects represent size and scale. We need pictures of how places are doing it - I can only get to so many places but I know people all over so it would be so much fun to get as many as possible!!
Here's what to do:
1. Get a digital camera (you could use a cell phone camera IF IT TAKES DECENT PICTURES that you can download).
2. Go to a science museum, planetarium, university, anywhere that has models/mock-ups/diagrams of the Earth/Moon system.
3. Take a picture of said model of the Earth/Moon system (if it is a model with two spheres, please try to get them as far apart as possible meaning get a picture from the side). We need to be able to measure the sizes of the two spheres and the farthest distance between them.
4. Take a picture of any text that pertains to the model - we need to see if it says "Not to Scale" or anything like that
(( 4.5 - if there is a model with the Earth and Sun in it too, get that also! :) ))
5. Send the pictures to my LiveJournal account (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include the name of the place you got the picture from.
Even if you think I already have pictures from a certain location, send them anyway - too much data is better than not enough. You are also perfectly free to pass this on!
This is an on-going project so should you travel in the near future you can contribute even more! :)
An ulterior motive is that I like to get people out and about to the science purveyors in their fair cities ;)