A celestial globe is a revolving globe which displays the stars, planets and other heavenly bodies. It is an imaginary sphere of gigantic radius, with the earth at its centre. A terestial globe is a spherical model of the Earth that maps out the various continents and oceans. Celestial globes have been made for more than two thousand years. However interesting terrestrial globes could not be made until it was established that the world was round. Production of globes from about 1500 was simplified by the use of gores, pieces of paper of a special shape, which were printed and glued to a sphere, often of papier mache. From the eighteenth century a pair of globes, handsomely mounted, was an essential for every gentleman's library. Pocket globes were very popular in the eighteenth century.
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