The 'sun' rises at the observatory
The first element in a scale model solar system was placed Saturday at the McCarthy Observatory on the New Milford High School campus.
The sun, measuring six feet in diameter, topping over 11 feet off the ground, was installed by the observatory's Bob Lambert and a team of volunteers.
The scale solar system will have 12 bodies spread across New Milford, with the planets created in proper scale to the sun. The rest of the solar system will be deployed during September.
A large equatorial sundial and the first phase of "Galileo's Garden" is targeted to be erected in October, adjacent to the observatory's sky deck.
Dr. Parker Moreland of Danbury led the sun design and installation team. The scale solar system was Mr. Lambert's concept.
"I couldn't be happier," Mr. Lambert said after the sun had risen. "I'm like a proud father. It's amazing."
They worked to give the sun's surface what Ms. Page described as a "dynamic, constantly changing and flowing surface."
She and Mr. Randy applied undercoats to orange and red paint with top coats of yellow to achieve the effect.
"Our team believes they did extraordinarily well," said Mr. Lambert.
The scale model of the solar system cost $33,000. It is being paid for through donations.
Bronze planets will be erected atop steel pyramids at schools and public places around the town.
Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars will also be on the high school campus.
At John Pettibone School, there will be a robotic spacecraft. Northville School will be home to a comet or other space material that exist beyond Pluto, and Schaghticoke Middle School will have a "Gateway to the Galaxy."