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Jodrell Bank opens 'largest' orrery

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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre unveils 'world's biggest' orrery

The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Cheshire has unveiled its latest exhibit, a mechanical orrery.

The orrery, a moving model of the solar system, is 16.4ft (5m) in diameter.

It was designed with 52 brass gears so planets orbit around the sun at exactly the right rate in relation to one another.

Director Dr Teresa Anderson believes the installation, which took two years to make, is the largest in the world.

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