Planetary nature trail

Brief description

7. 7 km long nature trail in Eschenburg and Dietzhölztal suitable for hikers, skaters and cyclists.

Detailed description

The planetary nature trail in Eschenburg and Dietzhölztal for hikers, skaters and cyclists. . .

has been planned at the Holderberg School since 1997, completed in 2002 and revised in 2007. It is a joint project of the astronomy course and the production day of the main school branch.

On the educational trail, the unimaginable dimensions of our solar system are illustrated to scale. Thus, on a scale of 1 : 300 000 000, the Sun has a diameter of 4. 64 m. The Earth then measures only 4. 2 cm, the Earth's Moon 1. 2 cm. However, the distances of the planets are distances in km.

Each planet is placed on a pedestal of natural stone at the appropriate location as a solid sphere of stainless steel true to scale to the giant sun. On the pedestal, on the one hand, the moons orbiting the planet are made visible in their scale size and distance from the planet. On the other hand, an information board explains the most important data and features of the respective planet, supplemented by a colour photo.

The nature trail starts with the “rising” sun at the small gym in Eibelshausen. It leads through the streets "An der Bahn", "Berliner Straße" and "Königsberger Straße" via the cycle path to Steinbrücken and past the Hammerweiher to Mandeln. From there it ascends to the dwarf planets Pluto and Eris am Roth.

By the way: Sunlight takes 8 minutes to get to Earth. You will be faster on our educational trail: At normal walking speed you will move between the planets at about 3 times the actual speed of light.

It is worth mentioning that we have reduced the actual distance between the planets to one third, so that the length of the educational trail is not 23 km, but only 7. 7 km.

The order of the planets is easy to memorize with the following remark:

"Mein Vater Erklärt Mir Jeden Sonntag Unseren Nachthimmel."

The initial letters are those of the planets of our solar system.

The Planetary Path was sponsored by the following companies and bodies:
•AP advertising, Eibelshausen
•Art and Design Development, Simmersbach
•Supporting Association of the Holderberg School
•Municipality of Dietzhölztal
•Municipality of Eschenburg
•Giebeler, Wissenbach
•Insulating materials Klein, Ewersbach
•Krah Plant Farm, Ewersbach
•Bullet factory Gebauer, Fulda
•Kitchenstudio Eschenburg, Simmersbach
•Teachers of the Holderberg School
•Land Hesse
•Butcher Hoof, Eibelshausen
•Furniture Lückoff, Wissenbach
•V. Müller natural stoneworks
•Rittal, Rittershausen-Wissenbach
•Debt Department of the Lahn-Dill-Kreis
•Volksbank Herborn-Eschenburg
•Weiss Haiger

Responsible for design and execution:

Gebhard Häußer, Erhard Pfeifer and the astronomy course at the Holderberg School. You can obtain this information about the planetary trail at the town halls of Eschenburg and Dietzhölztal or at the secretariat of the Holderberg School.

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