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Know Your Solar System Redux

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Hidden : 3/15/2010
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Do not go to the posted coordinates, you may risk the chance of damaging a car or two...




This is the re-creation of a puzzle theme inspired by Ae0al. He has a number of puzzle caches throughout Anoka County.

Let's take a little tour around our Solar System.


Eris and it's moon, Dysnomia. The bright star in the upper left is the Sun.

There is one star and eight planets. The former planet Pluto, has been downgraded to the status of a dwarf planet and is now regarded as an object of the Kuiper Belt. The Kuiper Belt is an area extending from the orbit of Neptune to about 55 AU from the Sun and is made up of small bodies, or remnants from the Solar System's formation. We will keep Pluto in the puzzle, because most of us have learned about it in school and it's name is still cooler than the formal designation of 134340.

The planets (and 2nd largest dwarf planet) in alphabetical order are:

Earth
Jupiter
Mars
Mercury
Neptune
Pluto
Saturn
Uranus
Venus


You will need to put the planets in order of increasing distance from the Sun. The information for that is found in many books and of course on the Internet.
Complete the listing below to solve for latitude and longitude.

___Sun______= 0
____________= 1
____________= 2
____________= 3
____________= 4
____________= 5
____________= 6
____________= 7
____________= 8
____________= 9

You will find the cache hidden at:


North: Mars Jupiterº Mercury Mars. (Uranus - Earth) Earth (Jupiter - Mars)

West: Sun Pluto Earthº Mercury (Saturn + Earth). (Pluto - Saturn) Neptune (Venus + Venus)



Additional random info: AU: An astronomical unit is a unit of length equal to about 92,955,807 miles or the mean distance between the Earth and the Sun over one Earth orbit. Pluto orbits from 30 to 49 Au from the Sun. Eris (136199) is currently 96.7 Au from the Sun and is the largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System, being slightly bigger than Pluto. As of Feb 2010, Voyager 1 is 112 Au from the Sun, the furthest of any man-made object and travels the distance of 3.5 Au a year. A light year is 63,241 Au.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

avagu

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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