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Antikythera Mechanism

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  • Diana K Rosenberg
    I sent the 1st half of this to the Political Astrology list: (Nadia had sent: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6191462.stm )
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2006
      Antikythera Mechanism

      I sent the 1st half of this to the Political Astrology list:

      (Nadia had sent:
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6191462.stm )

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      This is really an amazing mechanism - see the original article (1959) at

      http://www.giant.net.au/users/rupert/kythera/kythera3.htm

      also see

      http://www.math.sunysb.edu/~tony/whatsnew/column/antikytheral-0400/kyth1.html

      very good details here:

      http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/rrice/usna_pap.html

      I remember seeing a bit of the mechanism somewhere that had a bit of the zodiac
      on it but I can't find it now...

      Several years ago I did some work on this; the wreck was discovered "just before
      Easter in 1900" - there was a solar eclipse on 5 28 1900 with a path right over
      the area! The museum discovered the device under its encrustation in May 1902 -
      there was another eclipse then - May 7, 1902.

      1st eclipse: May 28 1900, 2:49:44 pm UT: Andikythira Island, 36N52, 23E18

      2nd eclipse: May 7, 1902, 10:45 pm UT: Athens, Greece 37N58, 23E43

      Uranus (technology, and celestial matters) is squaring the nodes and Uranus of
      the 1900 Ecl and Pluto, which brings hidden things to light is exactly opposite
      the 1900 Neptune which was 25 Gemini 57.
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      NOTE: I just realized that the preceding lunar eclipse in Dec 1899 was 25 Gemini cnj that Neptune!

      More:

      Manilius (1st century AD) wrote about Piscis Austrinus:

      Manilius: then rises the Southern Fish (Piscis Notius) in the quarter of the wind after which it is named; when the Southern Fish rises into the heavens, leaving its native waters for a foreign element, whoever at this hour takes hold of life will spend his years about sea-shore and river-bank: he will capture fish as they swim poised in the hidden depths; he will cast his greedy eyes into the midst of the waters, craving to gather pellucid stones and, immersed himself, will bring them forth together with the homes of protective shell wherein they lurk. No peril is left for man to brave: profit is sought by means of shipwreck, and the diver who has plunged into the depths becomes, like the booty, the object of recovery. Not always small is the gain to be derived from this dangerous labor: pearls are worth fortunes, and because of these splendid stones there is scarcely a rich man left. Dwellers on land are burdened with the treasures of the sea. A man born to such a lot plies his skill along the shore, or purchases at a fixed wage another’s labor and sells for a profit what it has brought him, a pedlar in the many different forms of sea products.

      I recently wrote an article about Piscis Austrinus for the NCGR Journal - I became  convinced that PsA was originally longer (an ancient Babylonian zodiac shows him as a long figure), so I have added the stars of Microscopium to the PsA list:

      (Microscopium was created in 1751-2 by Nicholas de Lacaille from dim stars south of Capricornus and west of Piscis Australis; it was assumed that those stars were "unformed," i.e. not part of any figure, but I think he was mistaken)

      Here's my Piscis Austrinus list (positions 1980)

      Galaxy NGC 6923 Microscopium  (tail, PsA?)      2AQ19   -11 35  -30 54  20 30   12.1    GX
      Galaxy NGC 6925 Microscopium (tail, PsA?)       2AQ34   -12 50  -32 03  20 33   11.3    GX
      Alpha Microscopii  near top of Microscope (PsA?)        5AQ21   -15 27  -33 51  20 49   4.90    gG6
      Beta Microscopii  near top of Microscope  (PsA?)        5AQ56   -14 59  -33 15  20 51   6.04    A2 V  n
      Gamma Microscopii  top of Microscope (PsA?)     8AQ09   -14 40  -32 20  21 00   4.67    G4 III
      HD200763,SAO212716 Mic Mcroscpe top (PsA?)      9AQ12   -15 04  -32 25  21 05   5.2     K0 III
      Delta Microscopii    top of Microscope  (PsA?)  9AQ48   -12 55  -30 12  21 05   5.68    gK0
      Epsilon Microscopii  above Microscope (PsA?)    11AQ39  -15 39  -32 15  21 17   4.71    A2  p


      6 Piscis Austrini  back, near tail of S Fish    14AQ01  -18 18  -34 02  21 31   6.00    A2
      7 Piscis Austrini  upper tail, S Fish   15AQ17  -17 47  -33 08  21 36   6.11    A7 V  n
      Iota Piscis Austrini belly, nr tail of S Fish   16AQ58  -18 20  -33 07  21 44   4.34    A0 V
      8 Piscis Austrini   abv tail, Southern Fish     17AQ31  -11 15  -26 16  21 35   5.73    A    m
      Theta Piscis Austrini  lower back, nr tail      18AQ20  -16 33  -30 59  21 47   5.01    A2 III
      HD209082, SAO213478 PsA  tail, S Fish   20AQ04  -20 20  -33 56  20 00   7.3     K0 III
      Mu Piscis Austrini  belly of Southern Fish      21AQ50  -20 05  -33 05  22 07   4.50    A2 V
      Tau Piscis Austrini   belly, Southern Fish      22AQ23  -19 49  -32 39  22 09   4.92    dF5
      Lambda Piscis Austrini   S Fish’s back  25AQ07  -15 43  -27 52  22 13   5.43    B8 III
      HD213600, SAO213903 PsA  under gills    26AQ03  -24 04  -35 15  22 32   7.2     K2 III
      Beta Piscis Austrini  gills, Southern Fish      26AQ54  -21 22  -32 27  22 30   4.29    A0 V
      Zeta Piscis Austrini  just above S Fish 29AQ20  -15 32  -26 11  22 30   6.5     K0 III
      Epsilon Piscis Austrinus top of head, S Fish    1PS03   -17 16  -27 09  22 40   4.17    B8 V
      Gamma Piscis Austrinus Chin, S Fish     1PS03   -23 39  -32 59  22 51   4.46    A0 V
      Delta Piscis Austrinus  undr mouth, S Fish      1PS55   -23 38  -32 39  22 55   4.21    gG4
      Pi Piscis Austrinus  under head of  S Fish      2PS27   -26 18  -34 51  23 02   5.11    F0 IV
      Fomalhaut Alpha Piscis Austrinus  mouth 3PS35   -21 08  -29 44  22 57   1.16    A3 V
      HD217236, SAO191550 Piscis Austrinus  mouth     4PS04   -21 10  -29 34  22 59   5.51    A5 n
      HD217303, SAO191544 Piscis Austrinus    6PS01   -17 17  -26 16  22 59   5.65    K0 III

      (pprox span of Microscopium in tropical degrees (1980) based on IAU boundaries: 27.75 Cap-15.2 Aquarius; span of major stars: 29 Cap-11.65 Aquarius)

      The IC of both the 1899 eclipse (9 Aquarius 05) and the "discovery" eclipse (8 Aquar 59 - path over Antikythera), was in this area. See Manilius description - the ship was full of treasure, jewels etc, besides the mechanism.  In the 1899 eclipse Hades (anything ancient, damaged) was in the 4th, square Uranus (co-ruler 4th) in 2nd, and aligned with the head stars of Piscis Austrinus, predicting the discovery.

      Just before the 2nd eclipse, in May 1902, when the mechanism itself was discovered under the encrustation of ages, Mercury's rx and direct and Venus' rx and direct were all aligned with Piscis Austrinus stars!

      I love it when proof appears of the advanced abilities of the ancients - AND when ancient astrologers are proven right!

      Love, Diana


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