Shaving Uranus

I’m busy making a scale-model solar system, for teaching primary school children. Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are marbles, Jupiter and Saturn are kids’ footballs, and Neptune and Uranus are tennis balls. At first I planned to shave the tennis balls before painted them, but then I wondered whether it was really necessary.

I changed my mind.

Then I went down the local art shop to buy paint, since it’s not something I’ve needed for ages. I explained to the salesman what I wanted, and he didn’t snigger. So now I’ve got the right sort of paint to use on sanded down plastic footballs. Watch this space.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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