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January 10, 2017

World's Largest Hourglass Gets Rotated Every New Year's Eve

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From Atlas Obscura:

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Budapest's Timewheel (Időkerék in Hungarian) could be the world's largest hourglass, taking an entire year to completely empty.

Literally a giant wheel designed to mark time, the public installation was built in 2004 to commemorate Hungary's inclusion into the European Union.

The giant wheel is slightly concave, sloping towards the center choke point that marks the upper and lower reservoirs.

In the case of the Timewheel, the particles that fall to mark the passage of time are tiny pieces of glass which trickle through the clock with the help of a computerized system that keeps the timing perfect.

Both the upper and lower reservoirs can be viewed through large triangular panes of glass in the wheel.

On December 31, a team of four people use thick steel cables

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to rotate the Timewheel 180° on its built-in rails, resetting it for another year.

The process takes up to 45 minutes to complete the half-rotation.

The installation is located in a public park and visitors are welcome to try to spin the titanic granite wheel themselves.

January 10, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Martian Meteorite Pendant

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As of 2014, only 132 out of over 61,000 documented meteorites analyzed have been positively identified as being Martian in origin.

That's just 0.22%.

Pretty rare indeed.

But just think of what had to happen for that bit of Mars to end up here intact and not lost in the depths of the Mariana Trench or buried in the sands of the Sahara.

We've been working on this capsule for a long time, and we're pretty pleased that we've finally succeeded in creating it.

While we may not be able to travel through all of time and space (yet... or ever?), this necklace can remind you, or a dear friend or loved one, that there's much more to life than what is in front of our eyes.

When I'm wearing my necklace, people sometimes come up to me and ask, "Does that open?" which is usually followed by "What’s in it?" You know, just a little conversation can start a spark  — perhaps that's just enough for people to go out and become a little intrigued, maybe even look up at the stars for the first time in a very a long time....

"Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future." — H.G. Wells

Features and Details:

• Sealed glass vial (capsule height: 1.75" [4.4cm]) contains 20-30mg of a shergottite Martian meteorite

• Brass time capsule engraved with our motto "a terra ad astra" ("from the Earth to the stars")

• Signed specimen card stamped with capsule's date of creation and assembly

• Choose link necklace chain (18") or ball chain ( 24"L x 1.5mmØ)

• Your specimen will be unique in size, shape, and color

• Materials: Mars meteorite, brass, glass, cotton, paper

• Hand made

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$131.

January 10, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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