Annual Bay Day promotes preserves

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM.

 Alan Knothe offers a trip through the solar system one planet at a time.

Knothe will be the star beginning at 7 p.m. ET Friday when his “Walk with the Stars” begins this year’s annual Bay Day celebration of the St. Joseph Bay Preserves Center.

Bay Day is sponsored by and benefits The Friends of the St. Joseph Bay Preserves.

Knothe, who used to work at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) in Apalachicola, came up with is presentation of the solar system from a lesson plan online.

Knothe begins with an eight-inch round ball that serves as the sun. Along the trails opposite the Preserves Center, Knothe places other balls that represent the solar system, placing them throughout the trail in order from the sun.

“It is all done to scale,” Knothe said. “By the time you get to Pluto, you will have walked about a half-mile from where you started.”

Along the way, Knothe talks about each planet, when it can or can not be seen in the night sky, and little known facts about the solar system.

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