Maine Solar System Model

The residents of Aroostook County, Maine constructed a scale model of the solar system which you can see as you drive along Route 1 from Presque Isle to Houlton. The sun, located at Presque Isle, reaches up to the third floor of the Northern Maine Museum of Science. The earth, a mile away at Percy's Auto Sales, is a styrofoam ball 5.5 inches in diameter. Drive another 4.3 miles to see Jupiter. And Pluto, forty miles away at the end, is a one-inch-diameter wooden ball.

Everyone seems to use a different mnemonic to remember the planets in the Solar System. The one I learned is "My Very Elegant Mother Just Sat Upon Nine Porcupines."

To remember the points of the compass I always have to repeat the phrase "Naughty Elephants Squirt Water".
     Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 11, 2008
     Category: Travel | Landmarks | Sightseeing | Space Travel

I always heard "My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas."

Of course now... poor Pluto isn't a planet anymore, so I guess she served us Nothing...
Posted by KW in Dallas, TX on 12/11/08 at 09:31 AM
http://www.snorgtees has a nice t-shirt with a picture of pluto crying. It reads: It's okay Pluto, I'm not a planet either.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 12/11/08 at 01:02 PM
Uncle, then you need to up the number a bit... Ceres in the asteroid belt is spherical, as are the four largest trans-Neptunian objects (Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris). Ceres and the TNOs are all dwarf planets. That takes us up to 13, and who knows how many more objects meeting your criterion are out in the Kuiper belt. Sedna is an example of another possible "planet" under your definition (the shape isn't known yet, so not sure if it counts... Of course, its average orbital distance is more than 525 times the distance from the earth to the sun).
Posted by Kenneth on 12/11/08 at 01:23 PM
We learned 'Many Very Energetic Men Just Sit Under Native Palms'

And 'Never Eat Soggy Weet-bix' The last being a breakfast cereal here 😉
Posted by Joe on 01/31/12 at 10:37 PM
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