Installing a New Solar System at Erie Trail – WKVI Information Center

A new project has been installed along the Erie Trail in the town of North Judson.

According to the Starke County Community Foundation, Our Solar System in Scale (OSSIS) was the name of the project by lifelong North Judson resident Martin Lucas. Lucas found himself pondering the possibility of showcasing the vastness of the space in a perceptible way.

Lucas said he got the idea while walking the trail and noticed it was straight and open enough to demonstrate a model of the solar system of the sun using signs for each planet and describing both the size and the distances of the solar system to scale.

The OSSIS facility maps the planets of Earth’s solar system at a scale of 1:355 million over 10 miles of the Erie Trail segment of the American Discovery Trail in western Starke County.

The start of the project begins at Main Street in North Judson, just east of the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. The project was funded by the Starke County Community Foundation through the Lilly Endowment Inc. GIFT Phase VII Implementation Grant.

Additional facilities are planned for next year.

Photos provided

Arline J. Mercier