Jupiter is on the move in central Illinois

By WEEK Producer

August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, the planet Jupiter is moving out of its normal orbit, causing disruption here on earth.

In reality, a replica of Jupiter is moving. Jupiter has hung in the north stairwell of Olin Hall on Bradley's campus for 20 years as part of the community solar system.

The sun used to be at Lakeview Museum. Now that the sun is at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Jupiter had to go as well.

On Thursday, Jupiter is being disassembled for its eventual relocation.

"I'm sad in a way, I teach part-time at Bradley University. I teach the introductory astronomy here and it’s always been nice to have Jupiter in the building where I teach,” said Sheldon Schafer of the Peoria Astronomical Society. “So I'm sad to see we don't have anything to put at Bradley anymore, but I'm not sad to see that the model is going to get bigger and better, because it's cool and a lot more accessible actually. The new first four planets are on the riverfront trail and they are already in place."

The new Jupiter will be located at the Peoria Airport starting October 8.

The new Saturn can be found at the Pekin Public Library.

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