One of the other ideas I’ve been mulling is to build a wee model that will enable me to make a stop motion animation to represent the appearance of Saturn as viewed from here. This is what I’ve discovered:
1. Orrery – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orrery
2. Saturnilabe – http://www.meccanopedia.com/wiki/index.php?title=MP_156_Saturnilabe-A_Saturn_Orrery.ModelPlan
It’s more likely now that I will build a working model to some odd physical and temporal scale, and that the contraption will be both an installation piece and the means to a create time-based representation.
Orrery seem to be clockworks.