Pluto

(and the rest of the dwarf planets)

Pluto

  • Location:

    Houlton Information Center, Maine Tourism Association. (40 miles or 64.4 km from Sun)

  • Diameter:

    1 inch (2.54 cm)

  • Moon Charon Diameter:

    0.5 inch (1.8 cm), 8.5 inches (21.6 cm) from planet

  • Facts:

    A second Pluto is located at its average distance from the Sun to show the extent of its elliptical orbit. Pluto’s moon, Charon, is illustrated in the Solar System model despite its small size.

  • Construction:

    Wood ball. Painted by Jeanie McGowan.

Ceres

  • Location:

    Presque Isle, Corner of Jameson Rd and Route 1

  • Diameter:

    3/8″ (0.95 cm)

  • Facts:

    Ceres is slightly larger from Pluto, and is the largest astronomical object in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

  • Construction:

    Steel ball bearing

Eris

  • Location:

    Toppsfield (Intersection of Route 1 and Route 6)

  • Diameter:

    1 inch (2.54 cm)

  • Facts:

    Eris is the most massive and second-largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System.

  • Construction:

    Steel ball bearing

Haumea

Under construction, coming soon

  • Location:

    Grand Isle – Lille (across from the Church)

  • Diameter:

  • Facts:

    Haumea is one of the fastest rotating large objects in our solar system. The fast spin distorts Haumea’s shape, making this dwarf planet look like a football.

  • Construction:

Makemake

Under construction, coming soon

  • Location:

    Madawaska Public Library

  • Diameter:

  • Facts:

    Makemake has a diameter approximately two-thirds that of Pluto, and was one of the bodies that caused Pluto to lose its status as a planet.

  • Construction:

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