Ah the Sun - great for keeping the Earth warm and providing sunlight, but before the invention of the clock we relied on that big ol’ star to help keep track of time too. The earliest “clocks” known, from the archaeological finds, are Shadow Clocks (1500 BC) in ancient Babylonian Astronomy. If you want to lose track of time, try delving a little deeper into the History Of Sundials.
There is a lot of precision behind a detailed sundial, but even a DIY sundial constructed in minutes from materials lying around your house is surprisingly accurate. Perfect for beginner astronomers to get started, a sundial is a great way to introduce the wonders of the universe.
Things You’ll Need:
- Round Item (Like a bucket or lid)
- Cardboard (You can use one of your Wild | Life kit boxes)
- Box cutter or scissors
- Black marker
- Straight stick or wooden dowel