The Georgia Guide Stones
A Martian Dialogue
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enchanting classic of Man's Martian Adventure
Hear the bells of the Clock 4,995 years from now
read about the Clock of the Long Now
Earth Man Tomas Gomez meets a Martian on the highway on Mars as the chains of time are loosed. They can not agree who is future and who is past.
The Martian asks "Where is the clock to show us how the stars stand?"The Clock the Martian asks for is on Earth, the "Clock of the Long Now"
The curvy brass thing on the left in the montage of images above of the Long Now Clock is an analog model of the Earth's orbital motion about the Sun over a 12,000 year period to correct the clock mechanism's deviation over the millennia. The Georgia Guidestones are aligned to the Heavens and they too could serve roughly as an astronomical observatory for showing how the stars stand. Or would they? The electric nature of the universe can radically alter the orbits, tilt and rotation rates of planets. Something odd happened in the year 2345 BCE; gnomons at the time record that the Earth's tilt changed. The Gnomon of the Georgia Guidestones has a hole through which the Star Polaris is always aligned. The four upright blocks are oriented outwards to the extremes of the Moon's migration through the heavens. The guidestones stand testament to how the heavens are now. The "equation of time cam" in the Clock of the Long Now is a better artifact for future archaeoastronomers or skeptical Martians. It is an analog model tuned to the mechanism of the clock that fixes the length of the day, month and year (unless gravity is variable). How did the stars stand in the past? The Calendar of the Tiahuanaco, near the ruins of Atlantis in the altiplano of Bolivia, shows that 12,000 years ago the year was 290 days long. Did the Earth once turn more slowly or orbit the Sun more swiftly?
This plaque is on Pioneer 10 and has already exited the Solar system. The lines radiating from the point on the left are directions to Earth relative to pulsars in the galaxy. Because pulsars theoretically slow down their spin rate it too could serve as a clock and a map for any sentient life in the Aldeberan system to find their way to Earth.
the message of the Georgia Guide stones
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