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celestial globe

[sə′les·chəl ′glōb]
A small globe representing the celestial sphere, on which the apparent positions of the stars are located. Also known as star globe.

Celestial Globe


a globe depicting the celestial sphere with a network of equatorial coordinates and with the ecliptic and the brightest stars. It is usually fitted within two mutually perpendicular rings that are marked off in degrees, which depict the horizon and meridian of a given location. The globe’s axis of rotation can be fixed at any angle to the plane of the horizontal ring. Thus the globe can be placed in such a way as to depict the position of the celestial sphere for a given location at any moment. The celestial globe is used in solving problems of spherical astronomy related to the diurnal and annual motions of the earth.

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The terrestrial globe is decorated with cartouches, descriptive texts, ships, animals and detailed descriptions of the latest discoveries in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, while the celestial globe is adorned with constellations and the zodiac, showing animals and mythological figures with stars picked out in gold.
A female figure embraces a terrestrial globe at her side and holds a celestial globe aloft [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 11 OMITTED].
In some cases, specially commissioned globes assumed something of the character of their owner, such as the Coronelli celestial globe in which the position of the stars represented the moment of birth of Louis XIV.
Houtman returned to Europe and delivered their catalog of 135 southern stars to Plancius, who, together with other uranographers, such as Johannes Blaeu and Jodocus Hondius, wasted no time and produced celestial globes that bore the new constellations.
In the adjoining display, a photograph of Rubin as a mature National Academy member amidst a clutch of planetary and celestial globes contrasts with a shot from her past, a very youthful woman in a sleeveless dress at the controls of a mighty spectrograph.
By 1603, Phoenix had alighted on the celestial globes of Willem Janszoon Blaeu and was also roosting in Johann Bayer's celestial atlas, Uranometria.
England's National Maritime Museum at Greenwich is home to more than 300 terrestrial and celestial globes dating back to the late 15th century.
We have no working celestial globes from Graeco-Roman antiquity, but the next-best thing - Atlante Farnese - is exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy.