Lego Orrery

Fun & Games Science

MAKE blog regular Guy Himber built this orrery for an online Lego competition… so sweet.

I always wanted to build something like this ever since I saw a giant fantasy orrery in the movie Dark Crystal. As it has been on my builder’s ‘wish list’ for a while I figured the Iron Builder Competition was a perfect time to try one out!

I made it with the Sun off-centered ( vs. center ) to make it more dynamic to view. The cycles and planets and moons are all fantasy based ( so go cry to your Mom if you don’t like how Mars has a Moon or Venus looks like Jupiter )

4 thoughts on “Lego Orrery

  1. Yoshito Juarez says:

    That’s beautiful.

  2. H says:

    Eise Eisinga build one in 1774 in the ceiling of his house. See He build it to proof that a preacher predicting the end of the world was wrong. On the dutch site you can see a picture by clicking on the link “planetarium” (on the right site)
    He used about 10000 handforged nails and a lot of oak wood.
    Thank god they invented lego.

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