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Outer Space

  • The Maine Solar System Model : Aroostook County, in Northern Maine, a 40 mile (64.6 km) long scale model of the solar system, at a scale of 1 mile equaling the distance from earth to sun. The model extends along Route 1, between the University of Maine at Presque Isle campus and the Houlton Information Center at the end of I-95. The model has ten major components, those being the sun and the nine planets from Mercury to Pluto, with moons for Earth, Saturn, Jupiter (4) and Pluto.

  • American Meteor Society : This site lists fireball events and has a page where you can record sightings of fireballs.

  • NASA

  • NASA Images

  • Hubble Space Telescope

  • Space images & news

  • Sky &

Astronomy Clubs

  • Astronomical Society of Northern New England : Located in Kennebunk, Maine, the Astronomical Society of Northern New England (ASNNE) is an all-volunteer non-profit educational organization founded in 1982 to promote public awareness of astronomy. Activites include teaching the basics of how to recognize constellations, observing the stars and planets with telescopes, monthly discussions, and organizing outings for special events.


  • Central Maine Astronomical Society : The Central Maine Astronomical Society is an amateur astronomy club serving the Mid-Coast and Central Maine regions. We hold monthly public star parties at three locations, occasional meetings, and club-member only “flash mobs” (short notice star parties held when weather is great). You can contact us at for information about the club.


  • Downeast Amateur Astronomers : We are a small group of Amateur Astronomers that enjoy sharing the Science of Astronomy with the community.


  • Penobscot Valley Star Gazers : The club formed in 1990 with avid amateur astronomers from the Bangor Maine area with the express purpose of enjoying the pursuit of celestial sights and sharing them with others. To that end, we gather for star parties periodically, meet to conduct business and share information monthly, and offer our time to the community to show off the night sky with telescopes. Schools can invite us to hold evening observing sessions for their students, for example.



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