More often than not, time is merely a metric for setting schedules. But a new app aims to change how you view time, by moving beyond hours, minutes and seconds to reveal your position in the cosmos and relate that position to the movement of celestial bodies.
The app, named the Cosmic Watch, can tell you what the solar system was like when you were born, or set the scene for the next solar eclipse.
COSMIC WATCH is two in one: a world clock and an astronomical clock. The celestial watch is based on a beautifully designed 3D model of the solar system
The Cosmic Watch app shows the local time at every location worldwide – just touch the place on the depicted globe to indicate the time.
The Cosmic Watch is an interactive 3D tool. You can use it as a realtime worldclock, time travel machine, an astrolab, an antikythera mechanism, an orrey, an armillary sphere, or an astral-chart generator.
The unique thing about the clock face is it’s ecliptic view around the planet. The complex mechanism of telling time is at the touch of your hands with the Cosmic Watch App.
The astronomical study of measuring time has been pursued for thousands of years by all major cultures. To know the seasons was of crucial importance for being able to plant and harvest crops in the right moment. Ancient cultures were able to understand the motion of the celestial bodies moving across the night sky and the earth revolving orbiting around the sun in one year, even the complex motion of the moon was decoded making it possible to predict eclipses already in the years BC. The motion of planets remained a mystery for hundreds of years until the heliocentric view made it possible to understand gravity and to calculate the orbits of the wandering stars.