Why clock hands move clockwiseEver wondered why the minute, hour and the second hands always move in the clockwise direction. We do not ever see a clock that has hands moving in the anticlockwise direction, right? Ever imagined whether there is any scientific explanation to this? There is one explanation for sure. To understand that we have to go back in time when there weren't any clocks, watches or time pieces. How did people measure time then?
Those were the days, when people made use of sundials to keep track of time. In our country too, in Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura, we have sundials that were used by our ancestors for measuring time. Heard of Jantar Mantar, right? If you have seen a sundial, you must have noticed that the sun rays fall on the dial in such a way that the shadows formed, move in a clockwise direction. Thus when mechanical clocks were ultimately developed, the same direction was selected for the hands to turn.
By the way, has anyone ever seen a clock that has its hands turning in an anticlockwise direction? I have seen many. Will let you know later.
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