All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Maine Solar System Model

The website of the Northern Maine Museum of Science offers some nice photos of the Maine Solar System Model-a scale model of our planetary system that stretches from tiny one-inch Pluto in Houlton to the forty-nine-and-a-half foot Sun in Presque Isle. The intermediate planets were placed at carefully selected spots along Route One.
Zipping along U.S. 1, it's easy to overlook planet Mars. After all, it's only 3 inches in diameter, perched atop a pole next to the "Welcome to Presque Isle" sign.

But it's hard to miss Jupiter, which is 5 feet in diameter and weighs close to a ton, next to a potato field.

What unfolds along a stretch of a highway through the rolling farm country of northern Maine is billed as the world's largest scale model of the solar system. [Link]


At 9:54 AM, August 10, 2006, Blogger Michelle Souliere said...

Those crazy planets... it's always a little surreal to be driving along in Northern Maine and suddenly see a strange planet in the air above the road. Go figure!!!

It certainly wakes you up, out in the middle of all those potato fields...


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