Definition of celestial globe in US English:

celestial globe

noun

  • A spherical representation of the sky showing the constellations.

    • ‘Knowing there was a market for inexpensive maps, the Wilsons even produced three-inch terrestrial and celestial globes.’
    • ‘The top shelf represents the world of heavenly studies and time, so there's a celestial globe, a sundial and quadrants.’
    • ‘Time was astronomical, founded on the movements of the celestial bodies, and this is represented by there being a celestial globe with 48 constellations and 1022 stars.’
    • ‘The celestial globes which used to hang in the auditorium have long been removed (but, like most other disassembled parts of the original design, they have been carefully stored).’
    • ‘The two stumbled across the exhibit of fifty celestial globes and spheres.’
    • ‘They constructed a terrestrial globe in 1536, and they constructed a celestial globe in the following year.’
    • ‘The astronomer studies a celestial globe of similar, perhaps identical, design to that which appears in the Verkolje portraits.’
    • ‘He presented the King with two of his astronomical works, one on celestial globes, the other on the sizes and distances of heavenly bodies.’
    • ‘For Tommaso Rangone, in addition to his tomb, he designed a tympanum relief of Rangone seated between the terrestrial and celestial globes.’
    • ‘The celestial globe is an astronomical instrument used to measure the stars and the nature of the universe.’
    • ‘Two of the most famous were a wall-mounted quadrant with a brass arc seven feet in radius and a celestial globe five feet in diameter upon which hundreds of fixed stars were engraved as their exact positions were determined.’
    • ‘Three astrolabes and a quadrant hang in a back room, while a large celestial globe is suspended from the ceiling.’
    • ‘During this time Mercator worked on a celestial globe of the same size as his terrestrial globe of 1541 which he completed in 1551.’
    • ‘He was living in the first age of modern cartography, and in 1515 he was to make woodcuts of the earliest accurate celestial globe to appear in print, arranged in two hemispheres.’
    • ‘He now began to construct astronomical instruments, including water clocks for accurate timing and armillary spheres which represent the celestial globe.’
    • ‘Tycho began constructing another instrument, this time a large celestial globe made from wood.’
    • ‘In his instructions for constructing a celestial globe, Ptolemy recommended that all longitudes should be measured from Sirius, so that it would not become out of date as a result of precession.’
    • ‘In 1444 he became interested in astronomy and purchased sixteen books on astronomy, a wooden celestial globe, a copper celestial globe and various astronomical instruments including an astrolabe.’
    • ‘It is one of only about 175 known Islamic celestial globes from before 1800, and it is believed to be the only one in the United States made of wood, with the heavenly information delicately painted by hand.’
    • ‘But unlike a globe of the Earth, a celestial globe has little practical use today.’