Astrologer’s Tour of the Maine Solar System Model: Neptune

Having just left Uranus, we are on our way to Neptune. This is where the driving really begins. We are out in the far reaches of the solar system now.

For illustration again of how long we have to go to Neptune, this is the to-scale map:

Map of Maine Solar System Model
Map of Maine Solar System Model

Uranus is 19.5 miles of the way through this 40-mile stretch. Yes, as you go further out, the planets get farther apart.  We are beyond anything that we can see with the naked eye from Earth. You really get a sense of the expanse of the solar system here. It’s just a whole lot of space. And then Neptune: ephemeral, mystical Neptune, comes up on the Left driving South on US-1.

Neptune of the Maine Solar System Model
Neptune of the Maine Solar System Model

In lieu of mist, Neptune gave me a shade-creating low-sitting sun.

There really isn’t much to do here Neptune-wise besides wander around aimlessly, without even being able to sit down because there’s no bench. But there IS another roadside attraction: a motorcycle sculpture.

Motorcycle sculpture at Neptune of the Maine Solar System Model
Motorcycle sculpture at Neptune of the Maine Solar System Model

Golly gee, I really hope that IS a motorcycle, and not a bicycle, and I’m not just showing my total confusion about retro-vintage duad-wheeled transportation devices. Ah yes, this location sure is full of mysteries.

Not to mention, although the area is quite large, it comes up quick. I missed it a few times, on numerous days, while doing this tour. Neptune, you elude us.

Neptune of the Maine Solar System Model
Neptune of the Maine Solar System Model

A cerulean-blue ball on a post. Hi there, Toony-loony. Nice to meet you. I drove all of this way for you, and you have to share the glory with another tourist amusement? I’m so sorry. For you and me, both. Here, let’s meditate on the absurdity of life.

Neptune of the Maine Solar System Model
Neptune of the Maine Solar System Model

Neptune is right next to/across the street from (I can’t remember) a big house that looks like people live in it. You get the sense that although you have driven a long way, you really can’t settle down here. You can walk around and look shifty, but to sit and have a meal here would look and feel strange. Not much going on here, folks. Nothing to see here, the winds are changing, and we we must move along. If you stay too long in the eldritch vapor, you may even lose some things… or your mind.

Sorry, Beyond Zork joke. Am I the only one?

Neptune’s coordinate location is on Google Maps here.

& the UMPI site is here

and gives this information:

  • Diameter: 21.3 inches (54 cm)
  • Location: Littleton (30.6 miles or 49.2 km from Sun) on west side of highway
  • Constructed by: Southern Aroostook Applied Technology (Houlton High School)
  • Painted by: Houlton High School
  • Base constructed by David Tardie and his students, Loring Job Corps, Cement Mason Program

Ok, let’s get on to Pluto.