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Globe of the Earth made by Joseph Moxon, 1679

Globe of the Earth made by Joseph Moxon, 1679. The globe's sphere was stationary above a planisphere drawn up for the latitude of London. Image credit: the Whipple Museum.


A globe is a representation of the Earth as a small sphere, mounted on an axis so that it may revolve. The oldest extant globe is from Nuremberg (1492). Celestial and lunar globes are also made.