So I had this crazy idea of showing all the planets in our solar system proportionate in size to each other. Then I had a crazier idea that teachers could print the planets out and then post them down a hallway to show relative distance from the sun.
Turns out our solar system is waaaay bigger than I imagined. If you wanted to post the first four planets in the solar system down the hallway (er...on a field) from a "sun" starting point, it's not too bad--you'd need 245 meters of space (the length of 2 1/2 football fields. However, when you move to the outer planets, forget it. For Pluto, you'd need 6330 m (69 football fields)!
At any rate, if you can use this freebie for any reason, go for it!
The planets are size proportionate, so at least students can see relative size. However, just inform them there's a whole lot more space between them than what's on the papers!
*3 PDF files with the 8 planets (and poor Pluto) in color.
*distances from sun (km) and distance of how far from a "sun" starting point you'd have to post them (m).
All PDFs can be printed on 8.5" x 11" paper.