World's Oldest Functioning Planetarium

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  1. guidedbyVOIP says:

    Google turned up some more pics here: http://www.jusonline.nl/eisinga/ The author even threw in an Open Source editorial: “Software builders of nowadays could have learned a lesson from Eise, because he thought centuries ahead. The planetarium still works correctly because he left us drawings, explanations and a list of all things that should never be forgotten. ”

    Pretty sweet. I want to go there next time I’m in NL.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Vienna is the capital of Austria. Franeker is a city in the Netherlands. Both countries are part of Western Europe.

  3. Pantograph says:

    Isn’t Vienna more central Europe? (With the Hungarian influence and all)

    Franeker is almost Northern Europe, being in Frisia, which is a province in the Netherlands (and also in Germany, the Frisian people are trans national with a fairly distinct culture and language.)

    Anyway, I’ve been to the Planetarium in Franeker twice, and can attest to its awesomeness. More gears and levers than your average steampunk can handle.

  4. Anonymous says:

    beautiful.
    maybe instead of watching the stars you should look sometimes at some normal map: Austria is central europe (mitteleuropa)

  5. squib says:

    I want one

  6. Blinde Schildpad says:

    Eise Eisinga built his planetarium to show the citizens of Franeker that the universe has a mechanical nature, but the thing itself is pure magic! Did everybody notice the big-ass pendulum over his bed in the background?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Yes Vienna is in Central Europe. East Europe begins in Ukraine: between is Slovakia and Hungary.

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