Longitude: 149.636377 Latitude: -30.495048
Travelling along the Newell Highway, in New South Wales, heading southwards from Narrabri, and, situate on the eastern flank of the highway – selected rest stops form part of “The World’s Largest Virtual Solar System Drive – A scaled model 38 million times smaller than outer space!”.
This fascinating representation of our Solar System uses the ‘Siding Spring Observatory’ as ‘The Sun’, and expands outwards, depicting each planet’s distance from ‘The Sun’ – massively scaled down, of course.
The ‘Pilliga No. 2’ Rest Area represents the planet ‘Neptune’.
Neptune is the eighth planet from the Sun and is the last of the known planets. Neptune was named after the Roman God of the Sea, perhaps due to its blue colouring. Whilst Neptune is the third largest planet with respect to mass, it is only the fourth largest in terms of diameter. It takes Neptune 164.8 Earth years to orbit the Sun, and is located a massive 4,495 million km from the Sun.
Earth is located 149.6 million km from the Sun.
Neptune has an average surface temperature of -214°C, and experiences the fastest winds of the Solar System, at 1,500 km per hour !! It was the first planet to be discovered via mathematics . . .
This large rest area is well shaded and comes equipped with sheltered picnic tables, and rubbish bins. Ample parking is available for vehicles – large or small . . .
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– Ample Parking for Large Rigs
– Large Area
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- Mobile Data 3G - 4G
- Mobile Reception
- Picnic Tables
- Rubbish Bins
- Off Street Parking
- Big Rig Access
- Sealed Road