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celestial globe

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A model of the celestial sphere showing the positions of the stars and other celestial bodies as well as circles of right ascension, declination, the celestial equator, and the ecliptic.

celestial globe

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(Astronomy) a spherical model of the celestial sphere showing the relative positions of stars, constellations, etc
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Noun1.celestial globe - a globe that is a spherical model of the heavens
armilla, armillary sphere - a celestial globe consisting of metal hoops; used by early astronomers to determine the positions of stars
globe - a sphere on which a map (especially of the earth) is represented
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In an apartment of the great temple of Denderah, some fifty years ago, there was discovered upon the granite ceiling a sculptured and painted planisphere, abounding in centaurs, griffins, and dolphins, similar to the grotesque figures on the celestial globe of the moderns.
Edwin Drood is waiting in Miss Twinkleton's own parlour: a dainty room, with nothing more directly scholastic in it than a terrestrial and a celestial globe.
The popularity of our growing family of 12-inch planet and celestial globes has spawned a series of 6-inch semi-gloss-finished orbs for Earth, Moon, Mars, and Pluto.
The pairing of celestial and terrestrial globes, the use of celestial globes for navigation and the roles of the Royal Society and the Academie Royale des Sciences are discussed.
In this beautifully illustrated book, Sylvia Sumira tells us all about how globes were manufactured and the cultural role that they played: having a matching pair of terrestrial and celestial globes from a good maker was, for several hundred years, a sure sign of wealth or intellectual inquisitiveness or both.
Gerard Mercator born; a Flemish geographer and instrument maker; made an astronomical ring, an astrolabe and celestial globes.
Sotheby's London will offer in its forthcoming Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History sale, to be held in London on Thursday 7 May 2009, a magnificent pair of 17th century terrestrial and celestial globes by the eminent globe-maker Vicenzo Coronelli estimated at [pounds sterling]150,000-200,000 ($220,000-300,000), inspired by those he created for Louis XIV.
Globes fall into two broad categories: terrestrial globes are spherical maps of the world; celestial globes use the earth as an imaginary centre of the universe to map out the stars in spherical form.