website
Enjoy $10 Off Orders Over $100. Use Code: 10$off

2000-year-old astrocomputer recreated with LEGO® parts

Enthusiasts from Apple assembled a fully working Antikythera mechanism with LEGO® parts. Fifteen hundred LEGO® parts were used, of which 100 gears. Another good example of what else can be assembled with LEGO®. Although it turned out obviously more complicated than the original, because apparently there is no such variety of gears in LEGO® with the necessary gear ratios. 

2000-years-old astrocomputer lego

Antikythera mechanism probably one of the coolest artifacts of antiquity. Ancient artifacts are usually all sorts of tablets, monoliths, disks with different symbols, which have a definite cultural significance. And here it’s not just something very ancient, but a fairly advanced mechanical mechanism, a real astro-computer that allowed to count solar eclipses and the movement of the Sun, Moon and 5 planets known in antiquity (Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn) relative to the stars.

 Petrified parts of the artifact were found in 1901 and only 50 years later, in 1951 an English scientist was able to understand the purpose of the mechanism, and the exact device was completely determined in 2002. Only few years ago they were able to make a complete reconstruction.

The mechanism is based on the Metonic cycle, which states that the motion of the moon relative to the stars is repeated with great accuracy, exactly every 19 years.

Recommended to read: 

26-meter Roller Coaster made of 90 000 LEGO® bricks

LEGO® style Cats Sculptures - a fusion of toys and art

Ingenious ways of connecting LEGO® parts that you probably didn’t know about

Related Posts

Building the Galactic Senate from Star Wars: A Monumental LEGO Achievement
Building the Galactic Senate from Star Wars: A Monumental LEGO Achievement
In the world of LEGO, nothing is impossible for the most dedicated fans. Recently, a group of LEGO enthusiasts from t...
Read More
Introducing the Magical LEGO World: Unveiling the Harry Potter Gringotts Wizarding Bank - Collectors' Edition!
Introducing the Magical LEGO World: Unveiling the Harry Potter Gringotts Wizarding Bank - Collectors' Edition!
As avid LEGO enthusiasts, we all eagerly await the latest releases from the iconic toy brick company. And in early 20...
Read More
Explore the Wonders of LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle and Grounds
Explore the Wonders of LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle and Grounds
Welcome, fellow enthusiasts of Lego and Hogwarts, to a world brimming with enchantment and wizardry! We have some ext...
Read More
Lego has a new addition: the Audi RS Q e-tron, which can be controlled from your phone, has appeared in the Technic series
Lego has a new addition: the Audi RS Q e-tron, which can be controlled from your phone, has appeared in the Technic series
Calling all Lego lovers and Audi enthusiasts! Prepare to rev up your building skills and embark on an exciting advent...
Read More
LEGO Perseverance Rover Building Set: Explore Mars in Your Living Room
LEGO Perseverance Rover Building Set: Explore Mars in Your Living Room
The fascination with space exploration has now landed on your shelves with the new LEGO Perseverance Rover Building S...
Read More
Unleash Your Inner Hero with Lego's Epic Batcave Set from Batman Returns!
Unleash Your Inner Hero with Lego's Epic Batcave Set from Batman Returns!
Attention, Lego enthusiasts and die-hard Batman fans! Get ready to embark on an unforgettable building adventure as L...
Read More

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published