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British Orrery

A most precise and accurate one
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I have a mind a large, possibly 15 foot in diameter, orrery.

The device is lovingly hand-crafted in brass and mahogany, and is propelled by one of the Newcomen engines, complete with little man in a flat cap and brown coat to add small scoops of coal to the boiler, wipe the pressure dials and add pennies to the regulator in order to maintain accuracy.

You may well ask, what's British about this? Well, by the means of certain extra levers and gears, the movements of that one celestial object never visible from Britain - the Sun - is clearly depicted.

As such, it will be a great aid to sellers of astronomical equipment who will, at last, be able to put something in the "non-fiction" section of orrerys.

not_morrison_rm, Jun 08 2012


       // that one celestial object never visible from Britain the Sun - is clearly depicted //   

       It's just a myth, like Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and Swindon.
8th of 7, Jun 08 2012

       You orreryble little man, wipe the spittle from the hedge of this 'ere table!
UnaBubba, Jun 08 2012

       Come, come, now. It's widely accepted that the only by the axial tilt of the planet, bring us more in more inline with this "sun" is what produces the changes of the seasons.   

       I know it hard to take such a matter on trust, after all none of us has actually seen this "sun", but according to those in the colonies, it would seem to be the truth.   

       How else are we to explain those three days in late July, when it stops snowing and we just have cold rain instead?
not_morrison_rm, Jun 08 2012

       A trip to northern France?
UnaBubba, Jun 08 2012

       Whatever for?   

       Luckily it's not necessary to visit there. Newton by working out the orbits of the other celestial bodies, on clear nights, definitely proved that there must be a very large mass in the centre of our system.   

       That is never visible from Britain would seem to be purely down to a quirk of climate and celestial mechanics.   

       As I speak, a Royal Society particle detector project is under way in the south of England, funded by public subscription, which hopes to provide definitive proof, one way or another, of these elusive particles, provisionally dubbed "sol-ons".
not_morrison_rm, Jun 08 2012

       Three days of rain and tinea, instead of sleet and chilblains.
UnaBubba, Jun 08 2012

       Ahh, you've been reading that English Tourist Board literature again. They always try to make it sound more interesting than it is...
not_morrison_rm, Jun 08 2012

       Dunno about that. My first full day in England was one of sleet, frost and miserable cold. Truly delightful.
UnaBubba, Jun 08 2012

       Apparently, some people purchase solar panels in the UK. That's like a Sahara Nomadic tribe buying a water wheel.
Ling, Jun 08 2012

       //Dunno about that. My first full day in England was one of sleet, frost and miserable cold.   

       Yes, it's a great advantage to very wide-ranging orienteers, simply by going outside, you can be sure you're in England   

       //some people purchase solar panels in the UK   

       Yes, we frequently encourage them by telling them how much we admire their optimism.
not_morrison_rm, Jun 08 2012


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