The Oldest Functioning Planetarium in the World, the Netherlands / by Alastair Wiper


Between 1774 and 1781, wool comber Eise Eisinga spent seven years building a planetarium in the ceiling of his living-slash-bedroom out of thousands of handmade parts. The planetarium still works perfectly today, showing the relative positions of the planets revolving around the sun, the days of the week, phases of the moon and a map of the stars.

Shot for Patek Philippe magazine - check the tear sheets at the bottom for the full article by Christopher Stocks about the amazing planetarium in the small town of Franeker.

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