Moon globe 12-inch in diameter, by John Russell, R.A., London, England, 1797. [showing the lunar nearside] on mounting to demonstrate lunar libration. Known as 'Selenographia', the geared apparatus carries a miniature terrestrial globe and moon globe mounted on a brass pillar stand.
Published in 1797 this printed Moon globe was produced by the portrait artist John Russell R.A. and shows the nearside of the lunar surface. Mounted in an elaborate brass stand the whole apparatus was titled, 'Selenographia'. The mechanism was designed to demonstrate lunar libration, the slight wobble of the Moon as it rotates. The globe was based on Russell's accurate measurement and observation of the Moon made using a micrometer and telescope. Financed through private subscription only small numbers were ever produced. Even fewer were mounted on the intricate mechanical stand with their associated explanatory pamphlet.
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- terrestrial globe
- natural sciences
- physical sciences
- visual and verbal communication
- globe - cartographic sphere
- H.M. King George VI
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