July 14, 2024
1 Solar System Way, Planet Earth, USA
Space

This mysterious ancient computer has a 'calendar ring' that tracks the lunar year

New research into ripples in the fabric of space-time suggests that a nearly 2,000-year-old cosmic calculator followed the lunar calendar rather than the solar one.

The hand-operated “Antikythera mechanism” was recovered in pieces from a sunken shipwreck in the Aegean Sea in 1901, sparking more than a century of research into how this device was made and why. The box-shaped mechanical computer used gears and dials to track ancient astronomical events such as solar eclipses and the movements of planets.

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