Horizon Globe – New Way To Observe the Celestial Bodies
Comes in Pro version for colleges and astronomers and a Student Edition, DIY Kit for astronomy enthusiasts and instructors. It is ideal for support groups presenting astronomy courses for members or individual homeschoolers who are delving into astronomy. The wooden kit is lightweight, easy to assemble, fits on a desk or table and comes with the following graphic disks:
1 sun, 4 moons in the 4 phases, 4 planets, 12 zodiac constellations and 4 “guidepost” constellations
Free downloadable 158-page book on using the Horizon Globe available on the website.
By Emerson Sandow
One of the few things in life that seem immutable and constant is the night sky. Since ancient civilizations, the sky has kept the imagination of humans everywhere. Now there is a new way to perform basic observational astronomy right at your desk! The Horizon Globe is a unique innovation that will enthrall astronomy buffs of all ages. Through its 4 wooden rings, circumventing the fixed Observer figure in the center, the Horizon Globe allows the amateur astronomer to track the sun, moon, planets and constellations throughout the year. The disks depicting the constellations are fixed on the outer ring and labeled on the wooden ring itself; the solstices and equinoxes are also labeled, so the student can see all of this clearly as s/he turns the globe on its axis.
To make the Horizon Globe as valuable as it is unique, the company offers a FREE 158-page information/workbook on their website. This large book (8.5” x 11”) is laid out with individual chapters such as finding important objects in the sky, using guidepost stars and planets, such as:
• The Big Dipper
• How to tell planets from stars
• The Moon in each season
• The Phases of the Moon
• Planetary position charts out to the year 2030
and much more information that will give your student an excellent introduction into basic astronomy in a few months’ time. The last section of the book discusses what is not covered and explains why. There are forthcoming volumes that will address the next phase of study, the planets’ revolution around the sun, black holes and other constellations based on the guidepost method introduced in this first volume.
Using the Horizon Globe may light the fire of scientific curiosity in your child, causing him/her to purse astronomy further or one of the advanced related fields, such as physics or quantum physics and of course, higher math functions. If you want to use astronomy as a science module or Unit Study for a semester or two, be sure to check out the Horizon Globe as a central part of your teaching plan. E.S.