The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Top section of the marker:
Look at the map on the lower panel to find your position in the solar system.
Bottom section of the Marker:
Voyage to the Sun
The Sun's surface is a turbulent sea of hot gas. Blinding light pours up from below, created a million years earlier at the core of this vast ball of mostly hydrogen and helium. The surface temperature can approach 11,000°F (6,100°C), hot enough to vaporize anything.
From the Solar Tempest
At any moment, from a solar storm large enough to wallow a hundred Earths, a cataclysmic eruption--a Coronal Mass Ejection--can explode into space at speeds up to 900 miles per second (1,500 km/sec). It can reach Earth in days and ignite an eerie light show in the far northern and southern skies: the aurorae.
The Power Source of the Solar System
You are reading this in light that left the Sun 8 minutes ago. Light from the Sun bathes the solar system, reaching distant Neptune in 4 hours. When sunlight reaches the planets, it powers weather systems and creates climates. The Sun's energy also makes something
Walk to Mercury about 9 steps
The entire orbit of the Moon around the Earth fits inside the Sun.
Voyage is an exhibition of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Smithsonian Institution. It is designed for permanent installation in communities worldwide.
Erected 2013 by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 53.323′ N, 77° 1.118′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Jefferson Drive Southwest. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Air and Space Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mercury (here, next to this marker); Venus (here, next to this marker); Earth (here, next to this marker); Voyage (a few steps from this marker); Mars (a few steps from this marker); Asteroids and Comets (within shouting Jupiter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Star Nurseries (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • Air & Space •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.