Where in Maine?
Building a universe is not easy. Constructing a solar system, now, that's more manageable. You still need a lot of space, though. Lucky for the folks who built the planet pictured here, there is plenty of terrain in the far reaches of the Pine Tree State. A whole host of people donated their time to build this forty-mile replica of our solar system at an exact scale that makes it the largest three-dimensional model in the world. The sculptural sun is about fifty-feet tall, and it's located at one of the schools in the University of Maine System.The globe pictured here is Saturn, set nine miles away in a town of five hundred that you've most likely never heard of. The ringed planet is close to fifty inches tall, made of fiberglass, and even has its own moons — Titan, the biggest, is about the size of a baseball. Local organizations are hoping that the sun and its planets will exert a gravitational tug on travelers, pulling them into the orbit of one of the farther corners of the state. The planets have already attracted the interest of Smithsonian, Science, and Air and Space magazines, and have even been visited by NASA astronauts. But how about you? Have you seen Saturn? Send us a note if you can identify the name of the town in which it's located.