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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Antikythera Mechanism
NASA ^ | January 20, 2013 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 01/19/2013 9:15:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Explanation: What is it? It was found at the bottom of the sea aboard an ancient Greek ship. Its seeming complexity has prompted decades of study, although some of its functions remained unknown. X-ray images of the device have confirmed the nature of the Antikythera mechanism, and discovered several surprising functions. The Antikythera mechanism has been discovered to be a mechanical computer of an accuracy thought impossible in 80 BC, when the ship that carried it sank. Such sophisticated technology was not thought to be developed by humanity for another 1,000 years. Its wheels and gears create a portable orrery of the sky that predicted star and planet locations as well as lunar and solar eclipses. The Antikythera mechanism, shown above, is 33 centimeters high and therefore similar in size to a large book.

January 20, 2013

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: aegean; antikythera; antikytheramechanism; apod; astronomy; godsgravesglyphs; greece; science
[Credit & License: Wikipedia]

1 posted on 01/19/2013 9:15:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 01/19/2013 9:18:32 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

This also will be of interest to GGG members, but as you may know, I suspended pinging that list due to FR software glitches.

3 posted on 01/19/2013 9:19:03 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

This also will be of interest to GGG members, but as you may know, I suspended pinging that list due to FR software glitches.

4 posted on 01/19/2013 9:19:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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The keyword:
5 posted on 01/19/2013 9:26:33 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks!


6 posted on 01/19/2013 9:28:37 PM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: SunkenCiv

That is profound. Thank you SunkenCiv.


7 posted on 01/19/2013 9:29:59 PM PST by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Virtual Reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism
8 posted on 01/19/2013 9:31:46 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: SunkenCiv

9 posted on 01/19/2013 9:46:30 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: houeto; Michael Barnes; Vince Ferrer

My pleasure.


10 posted on 01/19/2013 10:24:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: martin_fierro

I wonder if an ancient Greek sailor got his junk caught in the gears as the ship went down, because then, well, you know what that would mean...


11 posted on 01/19/2013 10:25:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=-KO4-zx9buc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D-KO4-zx9buc


12 posted on 01/19/2013 10:45:21 PM PST by cruise_missile
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m going to leave this window open, to remember to show this to DrO first thing in the morning. I’m absolutely amazed. Don’t know what else to say! Thank you so much, as always, dearest SunkenCiv!


13 posted on 01/19/2013 10:53:43 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: SunkenCiv
Thanks SC,
The wiki page is well worth a visit as well:Click picture

14 posted on 01/20/2013 3:08:02 AM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. Never confuse logic and liberals.)
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To: SunkenCiv

They neglected to mention one important detail: What is it made of? Stone? Metal? Something else?


15 posted on 01/20/2013 3:48:25 AM PST by Steve1789 (I miss having a president who loves this country.)
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To: SunkenCiv

What a coincidence. Last night I watched the Original “Stargate” Movie. That’s what this picture reminded me of!


16 posted on 01/20/2013 4:22:44 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Steve1789

, which is thought to be at least 2,000 years old, in the wreckage of a cargo ship. The device was very thin and made of bronze.


17 posted on 01/20/2013 6:03:21 AM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: left that other site

Probably we’ll be invaded by those danged aliens.

Of course, they’ll be under a foot tall, so, relatively no problem.


18 posted on 01/20/2013 12:38:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: onyx

My pleasure!


19 posted on 01/20/2013 12:39:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: moose07; cruise_missile; TalBlack; Steve1789

Thanks!


20 posted on 01/20/2013 12:40:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The Gua’ould were under a foot tall...and they were way NASTY! LOLOLOL


21 posted on 01/20/2013 1:14:16 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: SunkenCiv
The island near where this was found sounds like a good place to go if you want some peace and quiet. It's half-way between Cythera and Crete, is about 8 square miles in area and has a population of 44 people.

Cythera, about 20 miles to the north, was associated with the goddess Aphrodite--which inspired Watteau's painting Embarcation for Cythera.

22 posted on 01/20/2013 4:03:39 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: cruise_missile

They should do a Cat scan, isolate the metal parts and transfer the 3D image to a 3D printer. Then print out an exact duplicate. This is what paleontologists are doing with dinosaur fossils embedded in rock.


23 posted on 01/20/2013 4:35:48 PM PST by aimhigh ( Guns do not kill people. Planned Parenthood kills people.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Thanks VR.


24 posted on 01/21/2013 6:47:48 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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