HELIO COMPASS is a circular calendar, while simultaneously acting as a time-space map of the solar system. Set with the Sun as the center of the calendar, HELIO COMPASS represents each orbit of the nine planets on a scale of 1:1,000,000,000,000. Through the observation of the one-year revolution of Earth, we can locate our current position in the solar system. HELIO COMPASS is an unconventional style of calendar, starting on the day of the Vernal Equinox, which provides an innovative perspective that can be shared with all life on Earth.
An A1 size poster is folded in four, set in a paper case, and delivered to you. The set of planet pins is included.
■HELIO COMPASS On the HELIO COMPASS, the inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars) are drawn to a scale of 1:1 000 000 000 000. Simply place all the pins (sold separately) which serve as planets on the HELIO COMPASS. The current positions of each planet will become visible.
■The 24 Seasonal Divisions The idea of the 24 seasonal divisions was originally invented in ancient China and played an important role in recognizing seasonal changes. In this sheet, all the dates of the 24 seasonal divisions from March 21, 2018 to March 20, 2019 are listed.
■Phases of the Moon The lunar cycle in these four phases: new moon, first quarter moon, full moon, and last quarter moon, are simply indicated. Put up this sheet on a wall and pay attention to the Moon’s cycle.
■ HELIO COMPASS RULER This HELIO COMPASS RULER is filled with the annual astronomical events in an accordion-fold calendar. This is also handy as a pocket-sized version of the HELIO COMPASS calendar.
■Planetary Alignments All the planetary alignments taking place in the HELIO COMPASS year 2018-2019 (from March 21, 2018 to March 20, 2019) are listed. Experience these celestial events of the solar system every few days.
■Instruction book Booklet to learn more about HELIO COMPASS and how to use it (16 pages)
Use a foam board or a corkboard to display HELIO COMPASS and place the pins on it. (A1 paper size = 594 x 841 mm)
All the dates and times for the astronomical events drawn on HELIO COMPASS (24 seasonal divisions, Moon phases, and planetary alignments) are given in Japan Standard Time (UTC+9 hours). Please note that the date and time of each celestial event may differ slightly (plus or minus 12 hours) depending on the region, due to time differences.