Giant Solar System

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Mont Mégantic Observatory, the ASTROLab team and the Mont Mégantic Dark Sky Reserve (MMDSR) have joined forces with Summit Drive to build a scale-model giant solar system at strategic rest areas on Summit Drive.

Built to scale in terms of size and distance and set up along Summit Drive, this model is one of the largest in the world!

Measuring hundreds of millions of kilometres, it’s difficult to imagine how vast our solar system is.

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 Dark Sky Reserve and Summit Drive, you can discover eight planets and two dwarf planets. Five of these celestial bodies are within Mont-Mégantic National Park, in Notre-Dame-des-Bois, and the other five are distributed among the municipalities of the region: La Patrie, Piopolis, Lac-Mégantic, Lambton and Sherbrooke!

The closest star? At this scale, it would be farther than the Moon!

Photo credit: MMDSR

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ASTROLab at Mont-Mégantic National Park
189 Route du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC, Canada

Giant Solar System
189 Route du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC, Canada

Mont-Mégantic National Park
189 Route du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC, Canada

Mont Victoria
189 Route du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC J0B 2E0, Canada

Aux Berges de l’Aurore
139 Route du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC, Canada

Ferme Terre-Vent
139 Route du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC, Canada

Mont Saint-Joseph
189 Route du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC J0B 2E0, Canada

Au domaine de La Giroux-ette
141, route 212 Est, La Patrie, QC, Canada

Zenderfull: excursions under the stars
4410 Chemin de la Montagne, Val-Racine, QC, Canada

Mont Mégantic
Chemin de l'Observatoire, La Patrie, QC J0B 1Y0, Canada

Les chalets de la Vallée Étoilée
128-C, route 212 est, La Patrie, Québec, J0B 1Y0

Camping et Chalet dans les Arbres Mont-Mégantic
4149 Chemin de la Montagne, Val-Racine, QC, Canada

Le Chalet du Randonneur
40 Route de l'Église, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC, Canada

Domaine des Montagnais
203 Chemin de la Fôret Enchantée, Val-Racine, QC, Canada

Plein La Vue stop – Notre-Dame-des-Bois
58-56 QC-212, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC J0B 2E0, Canada

Chalet L’Étoile de la Montagne
80 Québec 212, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC, Canada

Mini Compostelle Mégantic
2991 Chemin Saint Léon, Val-Racine, QC, Canada

Village stop – Val Racine
2991 Chemin St Léon, Val-Racine, QC, Canada

Montagne de Franceville
520 Chemin de Franceville, Scotstown, QC J0B 3B0, Canada

Centre d'interprétation de la Côte magnétique
134-138 Route 257, Chartierville, QC J0B 1K0, Canada

Centre d’interprétation de la mine d'or
200, route 257, Chartierville, Québec, J0B 1K0

Pain de sucre
520 Chemin de Franceville, Scotstown, QC J0B 3E0

Resto-Bar La Patrie
10 Rue Principale Nord, La Patrie, Québec J0B 1Y0, Canada

Éva-Senécal Stop – La Patrie
56 Rue Notre Dame O, La Patrie, QC J0B 1Y0, Canada

Montagne de Marbre
10e Rang E, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, Le Granit, QC J0B 2E0, Canada

Mont Saddle
10e Rang E, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, Le Granit, QC J0B 2E0, Canada

Charcuterie de Scotstown
40 Chemin Victoria Ouest, Scotstown, QC, Canada

Parc régional du Marécage-des-Scots
15 Chemin Victoria Est, Scotstown, Québec J0B 3B0, Canada

Cœur Villageois de Scotstown
101, Chemin Victoria ouest, Scotstown, Québec J0b 3B0

Domaine Sous un Ciel Étoilé
3290 Québec 212, Woburn, QC, Canada

Cœur villageois de Piopolis
403, rue Principale, Piopolis, Québec, G0Y 1H0

Scotch Cap
784 Chemin de la Rivière-Bergeron, Piopolis, QC G0Y 1H0, Canada

Magasin Général de Piopolis
454 Rue Principale, Piopolis, QC, Canada

Clocher Trails
472 Rue Principale, Piopolis, QC, Canada

Des Zouaves stop – Piopolis
472 Rue Principale, Piopolis, QC, Canada

Auberge Au Soleil Levant – Resto Pub
499 Rue Principale, Piopolis, QC, Canada

Solstice Plein Air
515 Rue Principale, Piopolis, QC, Canada

Marina de Piopolis
516 Rue Principale, Piopolis, QC G0Y 1H0, Canada

Gîte Coté-Lac B&B
528 Chemin de la Rivière-Bergeron, Piopolis, QC, Canada

Camping Municipal de Piopolis
109 Chemin de la Plage, Piopolis, QC, Canada

Côte des lignes
164 Québec 257, Chartierville, QC J0B 1K0, Canada

Marston stop – Centre de Loisirs
130, route 263 sud, Marston, QC, Canada

Un Lac au Sommet Trail
130 Route 263, Marston, QC, Canada

Joseph-Alfred Fontaine stop – Woburn
Chemin de la Rivière-Bergeron & Québec 161, Saint-Augustin-de-Woburn, QC, Canada

Hébergement aux Cinq Sens
250 Rang des Grenier, Piopolis, QC, Canada

Domaine Lauz Altitude – Chalet de l’Orignal and Chalet du Chevreuil
161, route St-Hyacinthe, Chartierville, Québec, J0B 1K0

Les Sentiers Frontaliers
171 Rte St Hyacinthe, Chartierville, QC J0B 1K0, Canada

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