Topic: The Antikythera Mechanism
Speaker: Jon Thomas
In 1901 an ancient scientific instrument was discovered off the coast of Antikythera, a Greek island located in the Aegean Sea. Only recently has the mechanism been studied in detail to reveal its incredible workings. More than 2000 years old, the geared mechanism could show and predict the motion of the Sun and Moon among the stars, including lunar phases and eclipses. Discover the extraordinary knowledge of the universe possessed by ancient Greek astronomers and how they incorporated that knowledge into the mechanism.
FWAS monthly meetings occur the third Tuesday of each month. These meetings are free and open to the public.
Hop River is celebrating 2019’s total lunar eclipse with their next canned beer release, Midnight Retreat Imperial Stout! Fort Wayne Astronomical Society volunteers will be present at the event with binoculars so those who stay up late can be rewarded with an up-close look at the “Super Blood Wolf Moon.” In case of inclement weather or clouds getting in the way, we hope to have a live stream of the eclipse indoors.
Come out for what is sure to be a fun night. FWAS volunteers will be around to answer questions about the lunar eclipse, our local observatory, or how you can get involved in your local community of astronomy enthusiasts.