Maine Solar System Model

Maine Solar System Model, Presque Isle: Address, Phone Number, Maine Solar System Model Reviews: 4/5

Maine Solar System Model
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Scale model of the Earth's solar system built by the people of Aroostook County.
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Duane M
Georgetown, ME9 contributions
Hard to do solo
Oct. 2020
I loved the whole idea of this, but it's difficult to do without someone riding shotgun looking for the planets. Unfortunately Covid had the UMPI campus pretty much shut down, so I never got the full gist of the sun. Still, covid or not, I really enjoyed the experience.
Written October 28, 2020
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TundraJayco
Portland, ME364 contributions
Largest in the World!!
Aug. 2020
Stretching from Houlton to Presque Isle this model solar system is amazing. At 1 mile equals 93,000,000 miles it helps one imagine the vastness of space. You can do some homework on line to find the approximate locations of the planets to make them easier to find while driving on Route 1. Most have little parking areas to stop to read signs and take picture. Two are in buildings. The Sun at Folsom Hall at UMPI and Pluto at the Visitor's Center in Houlton. On our trip Folsom Hall was closed due to Covid but the Visitor's Center was open.
Written August 15, 2020
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Nancy B
1 contribution
Searching for the Solar System!
Sep. 2019
We had fun traveling along the Solar System model in Maine. A little bit scavenger hunt, and a deeper understanding of sizes and distances in the Solar System. The Sun replica was VERY hard to find as it is indoors and not what I had expected, but still cool! We did not find the Earth model, but later saw the huge Earth model inside the Garmin Headquarters.
Written November 2, 2019
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MockSwede
Brewer, ME150 contributions
FIND their locations on a MAP, before you try to see, WHIZZING by!
Aug. 2019
Being from and living in Maine, I'd heard of these when they were installed. Got to set up a trip 'Up North' and added these to our destinations. Even though US Rte. 1 is a lot of straight shot highway, you WILL miss these without coordinating map locations and vehicle GPS. Super idea, especially well suited for this highway and having 'Mars Hill' in the middle of it all.
Written August 24, 2019
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Warren H
Fairfield, ME163 contributions
now this is REALLY cool!!
Aug. 2019
starting in Presque Isle they have scale models of the 9 (yes it was made when Pluto was formally a planet) and their major moons arranged along Route 1 at intervals to scale distance. Really brings home how far the planets are from each other with the inner 4 almost right in Presque Isle and the rest all the way to Houlton. Great educational display! Look for tiny Pluto in the glass case at the Houlton rest area and information.
Written August 17, 2019
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femvoc
Skowhegan, ME60 contributions
The planets weren't "aligned"
Jul. 2019 • Friends
Sorry for the bad pun. Altho we were looking, we only saw Neptune, Saturn and Jupiter. We returned the same way but still only saw these three. I think I need to do a little research if I travel that way again. I love the concept of it!
Written July 13, 2019
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IdrivealotMaine
Cherryfield, ME110 contributions
Fun, actually
Mar. 2019 • Friends
We hadn't planned on paying much attention to this attraction, but once we started to see the planet models and count them off as we went - we got enthusiastic. It was a lot of fun.
Written March 10, 2019
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Mainers-on-vacation
Yarmouth, ME59 contributions
Gives a nice perspective on relative sizes and distances
Feb. 2019
This model of the Solar System stretches from Houlton to Presque Isle along Route 1. The "Sun" is actually an archway that is part of the inside of a building at the University of Maine, Presque Isle. Local farmers allowed their land to be used to house the different planets. Local students helped in the construction process. Of particular interest in viewing is gaining a better sense of the relative sizes and distances between planets in our Solar System.
Written March 3, 2019
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bethinmaine
Richmond, ME71 contributions
Fun surprises along the road
Feb. 2019 • Family
We saw Saturn first, and then saw Earth and Jupiter. With it being winter, it was not easy to stop to see each site, but it made us want to go back and see them this summer when we can travel around and photograph them all. This is a great, fun surprise as you travel through the County. Can't wait to go back.
Written February 12, 2019
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billmurphy55
Turner, ME2 contributions
road trip
Sep. 2018 • Friends
long ride to the county expecting reasonable rates like last year only to experience poor customer service which made the stay a very dissatisfying experience. have no desire to ever spend another night in such an unorganized hotel
Written September 3, 2018
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