Celestial table globe

Celestial table globe. It forms a pair with the terrestrial globe, Bardin and Wright GLB0169. Astronomical details on the spehre include a magnitude table along the tropic of Capricorn. The stars are marked by their Bayer notation, and the Milky Way is labelled. A total of 36 stars and four star groups are named. There is an illegible star name in Cancer.

The 48 Ptolemaic constellations and four of the non-Ptolemaic constellations are drawn. Five of the southern constellations are drawn, as well as those of Plancius and all those of Hevelius which are drawn in dotted contours. Noteworthy of the style of the constellations drawn is a goat on the shoulder of Auriga accompanied by kids. For full details about the cartography and construction of this globe please refer to the related publication.

Object Details

ID: GLB0168
Collection: Astronomical and navigational instruments; Charts and maps
Type: Table globe
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Bardin, William; Wright, Gabriel Petrus Plancius, Petrus
Date made: 1785
People: Bardin
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Measurements: Overall: 345 x 322 mm; Diameter of sphere: 230 mm; Diameter of Meridian Ring: 257 mm

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