Celestial globe, 1552 artwork

Celestial globe, 1552 artwork

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Credit: ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Celestial globe, 16th century artwork. The Earth is at centre, with land and water marked, orientated with south at top. Surrounding the Earth are the celestial circles, with text labels in Latin. The labels include the Arctic Circle, Antarctic Circle, North Pole, South Pole, Equator, Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer, Meridian circles, and East and West. This artwork is from the 1552 edition of Sphaera Mundi, by the French mathematician and cartographer Oronce Fine (1494-1555). Sphaera Mundi (Sphere of the World) was an astronomy textbook with woodcut illustrations by Fine. It was first published in 1542.

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