“Moon Phases:” A Gizmo That Shows You What the Moon Will Look Like in 3030
Though not for sale, this little astronomical gizmo is definitely a goodie, and worth featuring on our website. Inspired by an orrery, a mechanical model that shows the relative position on planetary bodies to each other, this creation is called “Moon Phases,” and was created by a student from NYU by the name of Yingjie Bei and another by the name of Yifan Hu. The point of this contraption is to show what the moon phase will be on a specific day from the point of view of the northern hemisphere.
So, for instance, if you wanted to know what the moon phases will be in the year 3030 (shout out to Del Tron), then all you would have to do is input the specific date, and the mechanism will output the phase by shining light onto a miniature scale moon.
This one of those devices that is not only rare but also amazing. It’s a device that makes the user imagine what their world actually looks like, and can give them a conceptual understanding of how the phases of the moon operate, along with the relationship between our star and the moon.
If you’re looking for some more information about this project, check out the two builder’s websites here and here, and check out CreativeApplication’s website. They have some in depth information about how the project was actually built.
Check out this video.
Original Post at Wired.
Photo Credit: CreativeApplications.net