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Uranus - Newell Highway, Narrabri, NSW
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Tuena
S 30° 51.247 E 149° 27.428
55J E 734963 N 6583980
Quick Description: This Solar System Model, which is part of the World's Largest Virtual Solar System Drive, is located on the Newell Highway south of Narrabri some 80 kilometres distant from the telescope dome (The Sun).
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 4/23/2015 4:51:32 PM
Waymark Code: WMNR7J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever
Views: 0

Long Description:
The World’s Largest Virtual Solar System Drive was an idea generated by Coonabarabran astronomer John Shobbrook in 1997. The aim was to provide a unique opportunity for tourists and students to experience first hand the vastness of our Solar System and develop an interest in astronomy and science.

The planets are displayed on huge billboards with the size of the planets and the distance between each billboard scaled relative to the dome – the Sun - along the five main roads that lead to Coonabarabran in regional NSW.

There are 24 planets located at Visitor Information Centres and on roadsides between the observatory and the regional NSW towns of Dubbo, Tamworth, Gulgong, Moree and Merriwa to allow visitors to stop and experience all things astronomical.

The Sun, is represented by the 37-metre Anglo-Australian Telescope dome at Siding Spring Observatory.

If you’re travelling in your car at 100km/hr along the Solar System Drive, you’d be “virtually” hurtling through space at a million kilometres per second - more than three times faster than the speed of light.

Credit: jinkson (Waymarker)
Yaminbah Rest Area
Newell Highway
Narrabri, NSW Australia

To-Scale by distance: yes

To-Scale by Size: yes

Is the model an Orrery?: no

Web Page: [Web Link]

All hours but best during daylight hours

Admission Fee: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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