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Take a trip through space
Tour the Solar System in dowtown Gainesville
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The next walking tour of the Solar System Scale Model is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in Gainesville.

The scale for the model of the 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 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 at a picnic pavilion in the park, close to a playground. The total distance covered by participants who complete the tour will be 2 miles. Those who do not wish to walk back should arrange for transportation.

Participants will receive handouts with information about the Gainesville/ Hall County Solar System Scale Model. Information about the scale model is available at

The free tour will be conducted by retired astronomy teacher Frank Lock. Questions can be sent to or by calling 941-475-1578.