National Geographic Channel Naked Science

Season 8 Episode 2

Star Clock BC

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 20, 2011 on National Geographic
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Over a century ago, sponge divers recovered an extremely complex mechanical device from a shipwreck. It was decades before they determined it's purpose, to accurately track the movement of the stars in the night sky. Dubbed the Antikythera mechanism (for the location of the shipwreck from which it came), the device is considered the world's first computer, developed by the Greeks around the 1st century B.C. Scientists continue to marvel at its intricate system of gears which rival that of the most complex Swiss watch.moreless
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