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Blog Archive for the ‘Clock of the Long Now’ Category

Orrery

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 5th, 02007

This is the first working prototype of the Orrery, or planetary display for the 10,000 Year Clock. This prototype was just recently re-installed at our San Francisco Museum & Store. This part of the clock might help future visitors understand other parts of the clock by accurately showing the positions of the human eye visible…  Read More

Solar Synchronizer

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 4th, 02007

Long Now recently completed this prototype of the Solar Synchronizer for the 10,000 Year Clock, and it is now on display at our San Francisco Museum & Store. This mechanism will help the Clock keep accurate time over the millennia. While the Clock’s day to day time-keeper is a slow pendulum, a mechanism like this…  Read More

How to Build a Pyramid

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 29th, 02007

Forwarded to me by Stewart Brand is an amazing article from Archaology Magazine on the construction of the Great Pyramids. After analyzing a 25 year old micro-gravimetric study that showed a spiraling sub structure, it was determined that the pyramids were built with a spiraling ramp as part of the internal structure. A microgravimetry survey…  Read More

Archaeologists Unearth German Stonehenge

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 29th, 02007

Forwarded to me by Danielle here at Long Now… Complete article can be found here. German experts on Thursday hailed Europe’s oldest astronomical observatory, discovered in Saxony-Anhalt last year, a “milestone in archaeological research” after the details of the sensational find were made public. On Thursday, German experts toasted the discovery as a “milestone in…  Read More

World’s Largest Sundial

by Kevin Kelly on March 27th, 02007

Found via Kircher Society   This past September the French army installed 600 one meter square reflective panels in the shape of Roman numerals on the sands of Mont Saint-Michel, a small rocky island off the coast of Normandy. The island’s 150-foot abbey spire cast a shadow three quarters of a mile long that swept…  Read More

2,300 Year Old Solar Observatory in Peru

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 1st, 02007

The BBC is reporting on a site in Peru known as the Thirteen Towers. The thirteen notches line up with where the sun sets throughout the year. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6408231.stm

Antikythera Redux

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 23rd, 02007

Nice piece by BBC on the latest work on the Antikythera Mechanism. This example of a 2000 year old astronomical computer being reconstructed out of relics from the bottom of the mediterranean is very encouraging for our Clock project… http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6191462.stm

Yucca Mountain’s Future

by Peter Schwartz on March 3rd, 02002

This article was written by Peter Schwartz for Red Herring’s 02002 Scenarios issue. This is the original un-edited piece. Yucca Mountain in southern Nevada is more a ridge than a mountain. It slowly rises from a height of four thousand feet to six thousand feet along its’ length of six miles. On February 28 seven…  Read More

Visiting Petra

by Stewart Brand on February 10th, 01999

Stewart Brand and Danny Hillis visit Petra

Long Now timeline & current status

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 6th, 01996

Current Status: (updated Jan 02017) Presently our active and fully funded projects are building the monument scale 10,000 Year Clock, the PanLex project, The Interval, and the Seminar series.  The monthly Seminar series hosted by Stewart Brand is our most successful outreach project to date, and is listened to or viewed by over a hundred…  Read More

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