Tellurian

Description
This simple and obviously homemade device may have been used by an itinerant teacher in New England in the early 19th century. The oval base is made of pine. It has a picture of the Sun painted near the middle, as well as indications of “Summer in the Northern Hemisphere,” “Summer in the Southern Hemisphere,” two positions of “Equal day & night,” and signs of the zodiac. The Earth is represented by a wooden ball that, with its post, moves in a groove around the Sun.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
orrery
date made
early 19th century
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 19 1/2 in x 26 in; 49.53 cm x 66.04 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
1979.1078.01
accession number
1979.1078
catalog number
1979.1078.01
subject
Astronomy
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Measuring & Mapping
Globes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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