Star globe for celestial navigation. Dated 1979.

Star globe for celestial navigation. Dated 1979.




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Categories: Navigational instruments, Globes & Orreries


A 6 1/2 inch star globe in case, yellow tinted gores, with principle stars indicated in Cyrillic, dated 1979.

Original pine case dimensions: Width; 25 cm. Depth; 25 cm. Height: 27 cm. Globe diameter: 167 mm.

With manual and acceptance certificate in Russian for “Celestial Globe 31”, (English translation of the manual supplied).

The case also contains Red and Black “steklograph” pencils.

The celestial globe is designed to plot and take coordinates of celestial bodies to an accuracy of 1⁰. The globe shows the 160 brightest stars, the large constellations, the celestial equator, ecliptic, meridians and parallels. The whole of the sphere is divided into parallels, every 10⁰, and meridians, every 15⁰

The same model of this star globe see: MAAS – Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Object No: 2008/87/1

Star globes function by giving approximate elevations and azimuths of navigational stars for a hemisphere in a specific year. They provide a navigator who is operating in an unfamiliar region a quick reference for preparing a sextant “shot.” Star globes began appearing for maritime use in the late nineteenth century and were used until the 1980’s.

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