I've always wanted an orrery. Perhaps not exactly like Aughra's orrery in The Dark Crystal (for a start, where would I put it?) but I'm fascinated by the idea of a mechanical representation of celestial motion.
Did you know:
- That it was called an orrery after the Earl of Orrery commissioned a mechanical planetarium as a gift for his son in the early 18th century?
- That you can make your own orrery from such mundane materials as Meccano and LEGO?
- That you can buy your own working orrery, designed and made by Brian Greig, who created the gorgeous Tellurion at Sydney Observatory?