Mechanical orrery: 18th century

T. Blunt

Mechanical orrery: 18th century
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 28cm x 22cm

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A London-made mechanical orrery describing planetary motion. When the handle is turned the spheres representing Mercury, Venus and the Earth rotate in their orbits around the sun. The term 'orrery' comes from the 4th Earl of Orrery, for whom one of the first was made.

© Museum of London

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