Mont-Megantic International Dark Sky Reserve Great Solar System
To celebrate the Mont-Mégantic Observatory’s 40th anniversary, teams from ASTROLab and Mont-Megantic International Dark Sky Reserve have joined the Summit Drive’s team to deploy a giant solar system with planets located in strategic halts along the Summit Drive.
Designed to scale by size and distance, spread out along the Summit Drive, this is one of the largest representations of this type in the world!
Measuring hundreds of millions of kilometres, our Solar System is so wide that it is difficult to imagine it well.
What would be its proportions if we could reduce the Sun to the size of the Mont-Mégantic Observatory (1.4 million km to 14 m)? Compressed 100 million times, our planetary neighbourhood would spread out across the whole region!
While exploring the Mont-Megantic International Dark Sky Reserve and the Summit Drive, you can discover eight planets and two dwarf planets. Five of these celestial bodies are on the Mont-Mégantic National Park territory, in Notre-Dame-des-Bois. The other five are distributed among the towns of the region: La Patrie, Piopolis, Lac-Mégantic, Lambton and Sherbrooke!
The closest star? At this scale, it would be farther than the Moon!
The Solar System is collectively deployed by: ASTROLab of the Mont-Mégantic National Park / Sépaq, Société de développement économique du Granit, CLD du Haut-Saint-François, Sherbrooke, Mont-Mégantic Observatory and Summit Drive.
Source: ASTROLab of the Mont-Mégantic National Park