Tuesday, June 25, 2024

NETHERLANDS ~ Eise Eisinga Planetaruim - Franeker - UNESCO ~

... Wonderful view the oldest planetarium in the world... a work of art and incredible invention... this planetarium and museum is located in a small canal-house, where Eise Eisinga decided to build a working model of the solar system on his living room ceiling... it still works perfectly to this day for the six planets known at the time... what’s especially interesting is that he didn’t have any formal education in astronomy and was a completely self-taught amateur who managed to create an accurate moving model of the solar system... as you go up some very steep stairs to the next level you can see the mechanism he used to keep the planets in motion... Heel Erg Bedankt Marloes!ヽ(•‿•)ノ

The Planetarium lies in the Frisian town of Franeker. Eise Eisinga lived from 1744 to 1828. He was a wool comber and wool dyer, but was interested in astronomy and mathematics as a child.

He built it between the years 1774 and 1781 to show people that there would be no reason to panic when a conjunction of planets was due to occur on the 8th of May 1774. 

Apparently, people believed that the planets were going to collide with each other and cause the Earth to be pulled from its orbit and then incinerated by the sun.

Unfortunately two more planets (Uranus and Neptune) were discovered a few years after it was completed. But Eisinga couldn't install it anymore because the entire area of his living room ceiling was already occupied. 

In 2023, it received the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.


EUROPA Stamp - Underwater Flora and Fauna 
(Issued 13-05-2024)

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