Experience Sunrise On The Dark Side Of The Moon With This Detailed Lunar Globe

Experience Sunrise on the Dark Side of the Moon With This Detailed Lunar Globe

The team behind a new Kickstarter campaign isn't the first bunch astronomy enthusiasts to create a detailed globe based on our nearest lunar neighbour. But using topographical data gathered by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, this Moon globe is the first to accurately recreate all of its craters, mountains and valleys in 3D.

Experience Sunrise on the Dark Side of the Moon With This Detailed Lunar Globe

So just what do you get for a hefty £500 ($927) pledge to this campaign? More than just a porous beach ball. The 1/20 million-scale Moon comes mounted alongside a motorised ring of LEDs that orbits the globe like the sun, recreating its lunar phases as seen from the Earth.

Experience Sunrise on the Dark Side of the Moon With This Detailed Lunar Globe

As the LEDs orbit the globe, they also create moving shadows that help emphasise all of its topographical 3D details. And for nights when it's too cloudy outside, when calibrated and positioned properly the Moon globe can give you an accurate view of how it actually looks in the night sky.

Experience Sunrise on the Dark Side of the Moon With This Detailed Lunar Globe

If you don't have room on your desk for a lunar globe with LEDs swinging around it all day long, there are also sun-less versions available at £300 ($556) for a 18cm replica, and £450 ($835) for a larger 30cm version. But if you do pledge to help these become a reality, you'll have to wait until November at the earliest, for your moon to arrive. Thankfully a peek out the window every night before bed should help tide you over.

[Kickstarter - Moon via Wired]

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