Meet EQUATIO: Sidereal & Solar Clock, my latest investigation of the measurement and perceptions of time. As so much of our life revolves around the 24-hour per day clock, it seems only obvious to question whether such precision and regularity is really natural? Or is our common measurement of time a man-made contrivance to insulate us from the chaos of the natural world?
Peering behind the curtain, we find strange things afoot!
So, I give you (roll of drums)… EQUATIO: Sidereal & Solar Clock… a bold attempt to re-appropriate “real time” and expose those “meanies” who control us through the imposition of order, symmetry and regularity (although at my age, the latter can be pretty important!).
EQUATIO Graphic: A revision to EQUATIO to display Local Mean Solar Time, Local Sidereal Time and Apparent Solar Time on a 192×64 pixel graphic display module. The difference in time between the Local Mean Solar Time and the Apparent Solar Time is the Equation of Time for 29 June 2015.
EQUATIO: Sidereal & Solar Clock showing current Eastern Daylight Time and today’s date (based on Mean Solar Time), Local Sidereal Time (LST) (based on time relative to the stars) and Apparent Solar Time (SOL) and this day’s Equation of Time (EOT) offset based on the actual observation of the sun.
EQUATIO: Sidereal & Solar Clock showing that the Apparent Solar Time currently lags Mean Solar Time (Eastern Daylight Time) by 0.6 minutes (or 36 seconds).
“Equatio” was a word widely used in early astronomy as the difference between observed and averaged values. It seems quite apropos for this project.
Read on for a steamy exposé . I NAME NAMES!