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Maine Solar System Model

US Route 1, Presque Isle, ME
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: Scale model of the Earth's solar system built by the people of Aroostook County.

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Presque Isle, Maine
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Wouldn't make a special trip to see but it is neat. Stop at the Houlton rest area to see Pluto and you will grasp how far and how small it really is.

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Roxboro, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Since it was so spread out, it was a little difficult to know when you were going to see another planet.

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Bangor, Maine
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Not only are the structures themselves really cool and artistic, but exploring the little towns they're located in, and trying to find them all is really fun, if you have some time on your hands.

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Florida Keys, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Went looking for Maine solar system model Surprise right off US1 We almost drove pass it- check it out !

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Houlton, Maine
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is one of only two in the world(the other is in Sweden,I believe)and the only one to scale in terms of both size and distance.It was done by HS students and their teacher.These kids are the future!GREAT stuff and free!It's spread out over 45 miles and you need to be alert for the small planets!

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Winterport, Maine
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We knew about this scale model and had such fun watching for each planet. We were amazed at how long it took to travel between the outer planets and how fast the inner planets came up. Also amazed at the size difference between the outer and inner planets with the later being about the size of the moons around the... More

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Durham, New Hampshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Recently traveled from Presque Isle through Houlton as part of a much longer trip. Even though the Solar System slowed us down some, as we stopped to take a few pictures along the way, it did liven up the ride quite a bit. Of course is is impressive to appreciate the scale of it all (the model itself and the... More

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maine
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

nice to see all of it as you travel along. go into Univ at Presque isle to see sunbeam and nice little museum there

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Until you see the Maine Solar System Model, it is hard to appreciate what the solar system is really like. How empty it is, and how far we are from the other planets. The model shows the sun, nearly 50 feet in diameter, and each planet in proportion to its size and distance from the sun. However you still must... More

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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

My sons and I have done this tour of the solar system 3 times now and plan on doing it again at least every 5 years. It's brilliant.

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