Newton's Improved Pocket Celestial Globe

This celestial globe forms a pair with the terrestrial globe, GLB0059. It is made of wood and is covered with plaster and twelve full gores, which are copper-engraved and hand-coloured. The sphere has is a metal pivot at both poles and fits into a domed wooden case. The globe is divided into hour circles every 15 degrees, with parallels for every 10 degrees. The equator is graduated twice, in degrees and hours, and the ecliptic is graduated in degrees and labelled with the symbols of the signs of the zodiac. Stars on the sphere are represented by different symbols and marked by their Bayer notation. The Milky Way is labelled, as are 31 stars and one group of stars.

Object Details

ID: GLB0060
Collection: Astronomical and navigational instruments; Charts and maps
Type: Celestial globe
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Newton & Son; Petrus Plancius, Petrus
Date made: circa 1860
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Overall: 110 x 100 mm; Diameter of sphere: 76 mm
Parts: Newton's Improved Pocket Celestial Globe

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