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CT Solar System: Sol

Hidden : 6/22/2005
In New York, United States
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is part of the "CT Solar System" series of caches, each representing a planet's distance from the Sun, were the Sun located at the NY/CT State line and the Solar System scaled to the width of Connecticut.

Welcome to Sol (a/k/a the Sun; Helios), where it all begins and ends. Regardless of what Aristotle says, Sol is at the center of our Copernican Solar System. It is therefore only fitting and proper that the center of the Connecticut universe be located in New York, and not just because New York is full of giant balls of hot gas.

Sol, a G2 yellow star, is the closest star to the Earth. As you may be aware, the Sun is plenty hot: on the surface it's a balmy 6,000 Celsius (10,800 Farenheit); at the core, it's approximately 15 million Celsius (27 million Farenheit). The intense heat and pressure at the core is sufficient to sustain thermonuclear fusion reactions which produce 383 billion trillion kilowatts, equivalent to the energy generated by 100 billion tons of TNT exploding each second. Light from the Sun takes 8 minutes to reach Earth and 40 minutes to reach Pluto.

The first stage is a virtual located in a park within sight of where I-95 crosses the Byram River and the border with Connecticut. The coordinates above will bring you to a statue of a historic figure who provides a fitting beginning to your exploration of the Connecticut solar system. There is an inscription on the back of the statue's pedestal with a date at the bottom. Take the date and convert it into numerical format and add the numbers together (e.g., July 4, 1776 is 7 + 4 + 1776 which equals 1787). Add the sum to 4056259 for the latitude and 7337855 for the longitude of the final stage.

The final stage is a large bucket (befitting the Sun's enormous size - it accounts for 99.8 precent of our Solar System's entire mass) hidden at Edith Read Sanctuary near Playland amusement park in Rye. Here's a trail map for your reference. Asbestos gloves not required. Bring your sunscreen and sunglasses though. Please be discreet in searching for, finding and replacing the cache. Please rehide the cache where you found it it and as well, if not better, than you found it. Please also be sure the bucket's lid is on completely by pressing down firmly around the entire rim until it locks/snaps. Situational awareness is required as muggles may be about. Finally, be careful to leave no trace (including social trails). Sorry but no dogs and no bikes are allowed at the Sanctuary.

For the final stage, parking is available at N 40° 58.119 W 073° 39.866. Please note that there is a seasonal (May through September) parking fee (ranging from $5 to $10 dollars depending on the day) for entering Playland. To avoid the parking fee, take note of Playland's hours of operation and, as the parking booths open an hour before Playland does, get there before they do. Please note that there is no legal, public parking on Manursing Way. There is a trailhead on Manursing Way but no legal, public parking on that road. If you nevertheless park illegally on Manursing Way and go by the tennis courts to get to this cache, you are trespassing on private property.

The Sun is at the center of our Solar System (our nine planets orbit around it) but out on an arm of our Milky Way Galaxy (which rotates) moving away from the center of the Universe. In our model, the first four planets (including Earth) are all under five minutes drive on the highway from the Sun, Jupiter is a quarter hour's drive, Saturn half an hour, Uranus an hour and both the last about two hours away!
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