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It Predicts Solar Eclipses, and Its Made of LEGO!

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment

The video is on the Scientific American website, and I can’t embed the video here unfortunately. (Not being able to do things like embed videos is starting to bug me, so I may get my own domain soon).

[Update: The video is now on YouTube, so I can actually post it here (woohoo!), but you should still check out the Scientific American page for the article about how the video was made. Its pretty interesting]

But definetly check out the video here!

Its a (LEGO!) replica of the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek machine which was built to predict the date of solar eclipses with incredible accuracy.

The Antikythera Mechanism. Via Wikimedia Commons

It was discovered in 1901, but its true purpose was not puzzled out until a few years ago.

Freakin’ cool!