There is nothing new with a lunar globe, because there are a lot of them out in stores. But the Sky & Telescope has recently surfaced a moon globe with some peculiarity. What makes the S&T’s lunar globe different is that it is made with actual images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). It is when all the existing moon globes are just designed in imagination of artists.
According to Sky & Telescope, all previous lunar globes are mere artistic renderings. It has developed its new moon globe with real snaps from LROC, which are taken under perfect lighting conditions. In total, the globe is formed of 15,000 actual images. That means the globe is the first one that portrays the real moon. Moreover, S&T has illustrated its lunar globe with more than 800 labeled lunar features that include valleys, craters, Apollo landing sites and much more.
Kelly Betty is the driving force behind the development of the new lunar globe. For several years, he has been in search for new imagery to make more accurate globular representation of the moon. Betty believes that the existing lunar globes don’t really represent the original moon. It took nearly two years for the LROC to take 15,000 snapshots of the lunar surface. Later, Beatty edited the snaps in a special image editor and added the lunar feature labels to the globe.
S&T sells the new moon globe for $99.95 at its online store. It is indeed an affordable price for a globe which originally represents the moon. The high quality globe also comes with Sky & Telescope’s Moon Guide, which will help enthusiasts earn more knowledge of the moon.