"TAKE A VIRTUAL WHIRL THROUGH SPACE!" Coonabarabran Things to Do Tip by balhannah

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      Main board showing the different routes
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  • JUPITER - Coonabarabran
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  • EARTH - Coonabarabran
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  • MERCURY - Coonabarabran
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  • VENUS - Coonabarabran
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TRAVEL THROUGH SPACE FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT!

You can, when you tour ...........
"THE WORLD'S LARGEST VIRTUAL SOLAR SYSTEM DRIVE."

A different idea has been adapted to road travel in this area.
It's called "whirl through space," a scenic road journey taken by car, following different Planet signs until you end up at the Siding spring Observatory, which is the planet "Sun."
All the tours end up at the "sun."

Along the way, there are 3 dimensional planet models attached to starry billboard signs that have been scaled to 38 million times smaller than outer space!
The distance between each sign has been scaled also.

Pick up a brochure at the info centre for the routes that you can do.

There are 5 different routes....

* route 1 departs from the town of Dubbo......
* route 2 departs from the town of Gulgong.....
* route 3 departs from the town of Merriwa.....
* route 4 departs from the town of Tamworth..........
* route 5 departs from the town of Moree.........

So, here we go, .........travelling at 100kms per hour by car.........

meaning......we would be virtually hurtling through space at a ........

million kilometres per second.....................

MORE THAN 3 TIMES FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT!


e.g...........START FROM DUBBO,

* sign 1 is PLUTO at 190ks from Coonabarabran....
* sign 2 is NEPTUNE at 119ks.........
* sign 3 is URANUS at 79ks.............
* sign 4 is SATURN at 40ks........
* sign 5 is JUPITER at 21.5ks......
* sign 6 is MARS at 5.5ks.........
* sign 7 is EARTH at 4.1ks.........
* sign 8 is VENUS at 1.9ks....
* sign 9 is MERCURY at 1.2ks..........

and the final destination is the SUN (Siding Spring Observatory)
The distances are approx. only.

This is the only route with all the planets, others have less.

This was quite an interesting way to see the sights around the countryside of Coonabarabran.

Website: http://www.solarsystemdrive.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 7, 2009
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