King Louis XIV's Planetarium & Eclipsarion
|The Planetarium and the Eclipsarion were specially
made for King Louis XIV, designed by Ole Roemer and made by the skilful
clockmaker Isaac Thuret. The Danish king Christian V had a special set
executed, which still can be seen at the Royal Collections of Rosenborg
Castle in Copenhagen.
Now these planetary machines are being handmade in a limited edition
of five examples by atelier ANDERSEN.
|The planetarium is an analogue calculator – which
shows the Copernican concept of the universe with the sun in the centre.
The planets from the sun and towards the firmament are, Mercury, Venus,
the Earth with the revolving moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Each planet
is represented by a precious stone.
On the planisphere side all positions of the planet are shown by turning
a key, and at the same time the moon revolves around the Earth showing
|The hemisphere side is easily viewed as the octagonal
cabinet is turnable. This part is an astrolabe which furthermore shows
the actual time for the chosen positions of the planets with the day, the
month and the year. The background is a constellation-map which shows the
northern hemisphere. An artificial horizon, which is dependent on the local
latitude, shows the visible stars according to the present time or to a
casual chosen time.
The beautifully engraved hemisphere with the constellations and the zodiac surrounded by the circular 24-hours indicator which points out the date.
|Two apertures respectively show the decade and the present year. The ecliptic is shown by a special engraving. The constellations are named and can even nowadays be used as guidance to survey the starry sky.|