“Having Neptune pass by the museum set the scale at one-to-250 million,” Dooling said. “That makes the Sun 18 feet wide, Earth two inches wide, and Pluto a measly third of an inch wide.” The model includes signs marking orbits along Sunspot Scenic Byway, NM 6563, leading to scale models of Mercury through Pluto the Sunspot Astronomy and Visitors Center, and an 18-foot dome depicting the Sun and its interior.
“The timing for the sign is appropriate,” Dooling noted. “2015 will be the year of Pluto as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft becomes the first probe to zip past that distant body on July 14, 2015. And we expect that world to be icy, like Cloudcroft was today.” For more information go to: http://www.nmspacemuseum.org/