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Why do clocks go clockwise?

To find out why our modern clocks always tick round clockwise we'll have to go back in time...

Asked by: Katrina Hayes, Stoke-on-Trent


Some of the earliest timepieces were sundials. In the northern hemisphere, the shadow of the dial traces clockwise as the sun moves through the sky, so when clocks were being developed in medieval times, their hands were made to turn in the same direction.


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