Celestial Globe - 1673 - 天体仪

This is one of the instruments designed by Ferdinand Verbiest. The celestial globe is used to map and identify celestial objects. You can click on the following picture to get a close view of the detail of the markings and the scales used.

Notice that the stars are indicated by their relative brightness. Each of the major stars and constellations is named.

Last update: May 2007
© Marilyn Shea, 2007