The Human Orrery: A New Educational Tool for Astronomy

Asher, David J. and Bailey, Mark E. and Christou, Apostolos A. and Popescu, Miruna D. (2006) The Human Orrery: A New Educational Tool for Astronomy. Astronomy Education Review, 5 (2). ISSN 15391515


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The Human Orrery is an innovative outdoor exhibit in the grounds of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland. Stainless steel disks mark the orbits of the classical planets, two comets, and the dwarf planet Ceres with a high level of precision. The idea is to provide a large-scale interactive educational facility to promote greater public understanding of astronomy, mathematics, and space science. In the Human Orrery, people play the part of planets moving in their orbits. Thus, visitors can learn, through active involvement, about the motions of the planets and the position of the Earth and the Solar System in space.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2017 04:32
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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