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Entries in space (6)

Wednesday
Jul172013

Andy Plant: orrery, 1997

Andy Plant. Orrery built for the 1997 Stockton Theatre Festival. A 40′ high, temporary outdoor floating sculpture, where a rotating orrery, with planets, is operated by a performer inside the main sphere.

Tuesday
Jul162013

A simple orrery, 1900

Evidently common enough to be in schoolrooms, this one in Germany.

An orrery, ca 1900. The arm is manually rotated by worm and wheel below a circular calendar disc printed with months, date, zodiac and seasons. The candle reflects light over the wood moon onto the terrestrial globe. signed 'Erd Globus v. 15cm. durchm. von Dr. H. Fischer Wagner & Debes, Leipzig Lehrmittelanstalt' 19in / 48.5cm high

Compared to William Pearson's orrery design below of the whole solar system, this schoolroom orrery is just the sun, the earth and the moon.  It must have been magical.

Monday
Jul152013

William Pearson: planets, 1813

A drawing of a machine to illustrate the orbits of the planets.  It appears to owe much to clock and watch mechanisms, cogs and wheels: the largest system illustrated by the smallest devices at the time.

Planetary Machines, Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Vol 16. Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1830

Saturday
Jul132013

Holst: Saturn, 1915

Holst's most ponderous planet:

Friday
Jul122013

Vija Celmins: drawing, 1982

Vija Celmins. Drawing, Saturn. 1982. Graphite on acrylic ground on paper, 14 x 11". McKee Gallery, NY

Tuesday
May142013

Chris Hadfield: ISS

So relieved the landing went well.  One always worries.