Entrance to the world's first planetarium, late 18th century.
3 7 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 29cm

Entrance to the world's first planetarium, late 18th century.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

Engraving showing an astrological chart on the ceiling, with dials indicating the movement of the Moon at the far end. Illustration from 'J H van Swinden's beschrijving van een kunststuk, verbeeldende een volledig bewegelijk hemelsgestel: (planetarium) uitgedacht en vervaardigd door Eise Eisinga' by Jan Hendrik van Swinden (1746-1823). The book's title in English is, 'J H van Swinden's description of a piece of art, representing a completely moveable planetarium: invented and made by Eise Eisinga', it was published in Franeker in the Netherlands, in 1831, and describes the Eisa Eisinga Planetarium, the oldest working Planetarium in the world. Eisinga built it in his house in Franeker between the years 1774 and 1781.
 

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10421394
 

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