Weigel Star Globe
Erhardt Weigel, a professor at the University of Jena in Germany, built this celestial globe in 1699. Light from a lamp placed inside shone through the small holes identifying each constellation, making this one of the earliest known optical projecting planetarium. To make astronomy more relatable at the time, Weigel linked existing constellations to European royal families and countries. For example, Ursa Major was replaced with the elephant representing Denmark.
FI Catalog # 1743
Purchased by The Franklin Institute in 1932
Weigel Star Globe (FI Catalog # 1743) from the collections of The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA. USA
63.5cm high x 55.88cm long x 50.8cm deep
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