"Astronomical Clock" Astronomical Clock Tip by ceswho

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  Astronomical Clock
by ceswho

The clockmaster's view of the universe had the earth fixed firmly at the center. The purpose of the clock was not to tell the exact time but to imitate the supposed orbits nof the sun and moon around the earth. The hand with the sun, which points to the hour, in fat records three different kinds of time. The outer ring of medieveal Arabic numerals measures Old Bohemian time, in which a day of 24 hours was calculated from the setting of the sun. The ring of Roman numerals indicates time as we know it. The blue paart of the dial represents the visible part of the sky which is divided into 12 parts. In so-called Babylonian time, the period of dylight was divided into 12 hours, which would vary in lenght from summer to winter. The clocl also shows the movement of the sun and moon through the 12 signs of the zodiac.

Address: Starometska radnice, Starometske namesti.
Directions: Old-Town Square

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  • Written Aug 15, 2004
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