Virtual Reconstruction of David Rittenhouse’s 1771 Orrery

David Rittenhouse’s 1771 orrery is a physical model of the solar system and is known for its sophisticated mechanical design at its time. To demonstrate its functionality freely without the possibility of damaging this antique, we proposed to design and develop an interactive virtual reconstruction of the Rittenhouse Orrery.

Our goal is to re-introduce the Rittenhouse Orrery to a new audience to preserve the original, and convey its operation to the public. We hope to create a historic preservation project though computer graphics, and also to build a bond between the women in the WiCS residential program while we create this community enhancing project.


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