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Antikythera mechanism: Ancient computer may have had its clock set to 23 December 178 BCE


The Antikythera mechanism, often called the world’s first computer could calculate the timing of cosmic events – and now we may know the date it was calibrated to



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7 April 2022

The FRAMe Project functional model in comparison to the Fragment A visual and the AMRP X-Ray images. The central large gear-b1 with the four arms is visible. The Fragments of the Mechanism are exhibited in National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Greece.

A functional model of the Antikythera mechanism

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We may have figured out the date from which an ancient device often described as the first computer began its calculations. This device, called the Antikythera mechanism, was built sometime between the years 200 BC and 60 BC, and it was used to track time and predict the motions of celestial bodies.

A spiral shape inset in the back of the mechanism depicts a 223-month cycle called a Saros, which is based on the amount of time it takes for the sun, moon and …



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