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The Lunar clock in Greenwich peninsula

Great BritainThe symbols of foggy Albion are recognizable to all the corners of the world: the Liverpool quartet, the safety pin, premium-class cars… their number will soon attract another one.

On the eve of the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games a huge lunar clock, named Aluna, will appear in London. A translucent glass structure, made of three massive concentric rings, will exceed Stonehenge in its size. It will have a five-story building height and 40 meters width. The reflection of moonlight will represent the lunar phase on the large ring, the lunar days on the middle ring and the ebb and flow of the tide on the small ring.

These transpositions of moonlight are called “Lunar hour”. Most likely Aluna will be placed in the Greenwich peninsula, next to the Millennium Dome. According to the authors, the lunar clock will change people’s conception of time and will help to better understand the rhythm of our planet.

The authors hope, that Aluna, just like the Big Ben, will become a symbol of London.