March 7, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

By Ralph Phillips, HMNS Docent   Our modern concept of time is mainly societal and artificial.  A few of our units of time derive from natural cycles, but many are totally arbitrary.   Our day is defined as one cycle of light and dark … but starting where? Our “official” day goes from midnight to […]

Huh? Nope, it’s Heh: How the Egyptians measured time and thought about eternity
April 12, 2014 · Be The First To Comment

The week is finally over! While only five days long, the workweek can certainly feel like an eternity. Which got me thinking (as many things do) about how the Egyptians measured time and thought about eternity. Barely an inch in height, this small hammered gold object depicts a man kneeling, wearing a knee-length pleated linen […]

How to Use the HMNS Sundial
March 18, 2009 · 2 Comments

At 6:45 am on Friday, March 20, 2009, the Sun is overhead at the equator, marking the vernal (spring) equinox.  Here at the Museum, we’ll mark the occasion with Sun-Earth Day, one of the Fun Hundred events marking our 100th anniversary.  As part of these festivities, I will be on the Cockrell Sundial from 1 […]

What the Heck is a Tues, Wed, Thurs, or Fri?
November 25, 2008 · 1 Comment

photo credit: Bluedharma We measure time based on motions in space.  The Earth rotates on its axis once a day.  The Moon orbits the Earth about once a month.  The Earth orbits the Sun once a year.  That leaves the week as the only aspect of our calendar not directly tied to the Earth, Moon, […]

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