Orrery

Description
An orrery is a mechanical model of the solar system. The name derives from Charles Boyle, the fourth Earl of Orrery, for whom John Rowley in London made a model of the earth and moon orbiting the sun around 1713.
This elegant example shows the Sun and eight planets. It was thus made after the discovery of Neptune in 1846 and, was probably made before the discovery of Pluto in 1930.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
orrery
Physical Description
brass, nickel-plated (overall material)
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 65 cm x 64 cm x 28 cm; 25 9/16 in x 25 3/16 in x 11 in
ID Number
1980.0318.04
accession number
1980.0318
catalog number
80.318.4
subject
Science & Mathematics
Astronomy
Education
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Vassar College

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