8A40.10 - Globes, Planets, and Satellites

Mercury Globes
Venus Globes
Inflatable Earth Globe
Earth and Moon Globes
Moon Globes
Chalk Globe
Mars Globes
Jupiter Globe
Io Globe
Europa Globe
Titan Globe
MOVA Globes - Front Lobby
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Globes, Planets, and Satellites
Planets and Satellites of the Solar System
Area of Study:
Solar System
Venus Globes, Mars Globes, Moon Globes, Jupiter Globe, Europa Globe, Io Globe, Titan Globe, Terminator Line Model Globe, Earth with Satellite Model and Display Explanation, Chalk Globe - Large - On Rolling Stand, Chalk Globe - Small, Plain, Chalk Globe - Small with Superimposed Continents, and MOVA Globes.

No Setup Required.  The Chalk globes may be used to show that on a spherical surface the shortest distance between two points is not a straight line.  Should the large chalk globe become chipped there is Blackboard Slating paint on hand to be used for touch-up (Kept with the rest of the paints).  The Inflatable Globes may be purchased at Lenoch and Cilek or at most good toy stores.

The Sky and Telescope Moon Globe is a mosaic of 15,000 images acquired by the LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) wide angle camera between Nov. 2009 and Feb. 2011.  We also have the Sky and Telescope Topographic Moon Globe.

Jupiter, Io, Europa, and Titan globes made from the Voyager, Cassini, and Juno spacecraft image data.

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  • Gordon McIntosh, "How Big Is a Planet?", TPT, Vol. 38, #9, Dec. 2000, p. 534. 
  • Charles A. Eckroth, "Demonstrating the Rule for the Sum of Angles Inside a Triangle", TPT, Vol. 32, #8, Nov. 1994, p. 506. 
  • Amos Harpaz, "The Formation of a Planetary Nebula", TPT, Vol. 29, #5, May 1991, p. 268.
  • B. Cameron Reed, "Dot Products and Great-Circle Distances", TPT, Vol. 26, #5, May 1988, p. 280.
  • Edward A. Desloge, "Comment on 'Rescue from Falling into a Black Hole,' by R. T. Hammond [Am. J. Phys. 56, 27-28 (1988)]", AJP, Vol. 57, #7, July 1989, p. 666.
  • Dimitrios Psaltis and Feryal Özel, "Imaging Black Holes", Physics Today, Vol. 71, #4, Apr. 2018, p. 70.
  • Steven B. Giddings, "Black Holes, Quantum Information, and the Foundations of Physics", Physics Today, Vol. 66, #4, Apr. 2013, p. 30.
  • John G. Cramer, "Dinosaur Breath", Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Magazine, p. 140 - 143.
  • Janice VanCleave, "Appendix 3: Planet Facts and Figures", A+ Projects in Astronomy, p. 193.
  • Janice VanCleave, "5. Mapping a Sphere: Earth", Geography for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Geography Fun, p. 43 - 51.
  • Isaac Asimov, "At the Edge", Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, p. 133 - 142.
  • MOVATM Globe Owners Manual.

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