Mechanical orrery: 18th century
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actual image size: 28cm x 22cm

Mechanical orrery: 18th century

T. Blunt

© Museum of London

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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.




1700 AD - 1800 AD

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