Celestial table globe

Celestial table globe. It forms a pair with the terrestrial globe Johnston, GLB0251. Astronomical details on the sphere include a labelled magnitude table above Bootes. The stars are marked by their Bayer notation, and the numbers under which they are listed in various star catalogues is explained below a cartouche. There is a comment on the variable star in Cetus. A total of 62 stars and nine star groups are named. The 48 Ptolemaic constellations and four of the non-Ptolemaic constellations are drawn; 16 of the southern constellations are drawn, as well as those of Plancius, Hevelius and Lacaille. However, not all the southern constellations are labelled.

The celestial globe of Philip & Son GLB0243 has almost the same note on the use of Greek letters and figures for the stars. For full details about the cartography and construction of this globe please refer to the related publication.

Object Details

ID: GLB0252
Collection: Astronomical and navigational instruments; Charts and maps
Type: Table globe
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Johnston, William; Johnston, Alexander Keith Petrus Plancius, Petrus
Date made: After 1890
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Overall: 245 x 233 mm; Diameter of sphere: 151 mm

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