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Tour the solar system and never leave Gainesville

POSTED: February 28, 2013 12:30 a.m.

A walking tour of the Solar System Scale Model is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2 in Gainesville. The scale for the model of our solar system is 1 mile on the model equals 2 billion miles in the solar system.

The tour will begin at the model of the sun, which is located at the southeast end of the downtown square. It will proceed along Main street to Terrace Park, and Longwood Park, ending in Longwood Park at the intersection of John Morrow Parkway and Pearl Nix Parkway.

The model of the dwarf planet Pluto (formerly known as the planet Pluto) is located at a picnic pavilion in the park, close to a playground. The total distance covered by participants who complete the tour will be two miles. Those who do not wish to walk back should arrange for transportation.

The event is free to the public. Participants will receive handouts with information about the Gainesville/ Hall County Solar System Scale Model. Information about the scale model is available at http://northgeorgiaastronomers.org/scalemodel/index.html

The tour will be conducted by retired astronomy teacher Frank Lock. Questions can be sent to him at fasterlock@att.net or by calling 941-475-1578.


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