Other Clocks
//Mandala// Mongolia, 20th century. Tibetan script on paper, diameter 130 mm.
Mandala Mongolia, 20th century. Tibetan script on paper, diameter 130 mm.
For WikiMechanics, ideas about time are based on solar reference sensations because the Sun is such a prominent and lofty feature of human consciousness. But the Sun does not have a celestial monopoly, and other clocks may be defined from moons, planets and stars. Sometimes it is more appropriate to tell time by these other clocks, for example astronomers make extensive use of variable starsXlink.png. But a distantly pulsating luminescence does not necessarily have any special relationship with the Sun. And so telling the time by a non-solar clock might be quite meaningless for use with events here on Earth. To make a unified description of celestial and terrestrial events requires some additional systematic connection between clocks. Astronomers bridge the logical gap by measuring stellar characteristics and comparing their observations with nuclear processes seen on Earth. Astrologers shoulder other burdens and usually ignore this issue.

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