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A 2,000-year-old astronomical calculator used by ancient Greeks to chart the movement of the sun, moon and planets may also have had another purpose, researchers say – fortune telling. Heralded as the world's first computer, the Antikythera Mechanism is a system of intricate bronze gears dating to around 60 B.C., used by ancient Greeks to track solar and lunar eclipses. Slight variations in the inscriptions point to at least two people being involved in that, and there could have been more people making its gears.It was also able to align the number of lunar months with years and display where the sun and the moon were in the zodiac.The mechanism did contain certain imperfections, but yielded a clear snapshot of the astronomical knowledge at the time.
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