A model solar system installation includes ten planet markers placed across the campus at the exact location of each celestial body on July 1, 1867, the day of Canada’s confederation.
Each marker includes descriptions of the planet and details its position in our solar system. In the model, the solar system has been scaled down by a factor of one to 10 billion, with 10,000 kilometres becoming one millimetre in the model. A final marker representing Proxima Centauri b, the closest planet to the Milky Way, is installed at the Eureka Research Station in Nunavut. With this installation, the model spans 4,000 kilometres, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world.