For our last stretch of road to Presque Isle, we came across this solar system model. Not much to look at, but what struck us was the correctly scaled distance between the planets. Puts our Earth's insignificance into scale. Some requiring sharp eyes to see along the route.
I have heard about this unique display and tried my very best to follow on the way to my destination. Missed a couple of planets, though. It's a good reminder of the vast distances of space, even on the relatively small scale of the solar system.
We decided to drive along the highway to see the planets. if you don't have gps out and are actively looking for the planets you will miss most of them. I am sad to say we got board about 4 planets in and turned around because there was nothing interesting to read or any signage noting the planets.
Loved finding the solar system. Definitely start in the visitors information center in Houlton to see Pluto (or one of the 3 locations of Pluto). The ladies at the info center are very helpful and can get you the brochure for the solar system, which is helpful for locating some of the smaller planets. It hailed while we were there... 更多
Searching for the planets was a fun way to pass the time between Presque Isle and Houlton! The smaller ones are easy to miss but Saturn and Jupiter really stand out. I wasn't expecting the first ones to be so close to UMPI but, since they're to scale, that makes sense. The scale is the most amazing part of this... 更多
We enjoyed stopping at every planet along the road from Houlton to Presque Isle. This is a wonderful sight-seeing experience for a family and for lovers of learning of all ages!
We recently drove to Presque Isle from the Calais area, about a 3-hour drive, for a weekend trip. There's not a lot to look at along that route and the Solar System model was a fun "scavenger hunt" of sorts for the ride home. We pulled up the website to get a rough idea of where each planet was --... 更多
While driving we were wondering, "What in the world are those things on the side of the road?" As we arrived at our destination we discovered that they were not of this world...except for one...it was the Solar System. Pretty neat!