July 15, 2014

Build a Lunar Phase clock with Raspberry Pi

Keeping track of the lunar phases of the moon is of interest to people from a wide variety of backgrounds - including astrologers, fishing enthuisasts or those afraid of werewolves to name just a few. To help keep up to date the phase clock by Instructables team member DJ will fit the bill.

It uses a Raspberry Pi to retrieve the current date and time, calculate the phase of the moon and then control a series of LED light strips mounted inside a neat housing to illustrate the phase of the moon. A rapid demonstration of this is shown below.

This project could easily be replicated with an Arduino and RTC IC, however you can find complete details for this clock including enclosure design files on the project Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

Every day we find more uses for our PiBreak board - the great way to mount circuitry to your Raspberry Pi. It provides labelled breakout pins for all GPIOs, a large prototyping area with solder pads, and power rails for easy power connection:

Furthermore the PiBreak also includes mounting hardware to firmly attach it to your Raspberry Pi using a nut, bolt, and spacer - and is compatible with all revisions of both model A and B Raspberry Pi computers. For more information about our new PiBreak board, our Getting Started guide, and to order - visit the product page

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