May 11, 2014

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Globe History

image by Howard Fink, New York

This 1940 Popular Mechanics article tells of story of a little known - to me until Howard brought it to my attention - large lunar model. Ed Krupp, the director of Griffith Observatory recently provided me more information about this large model. The Moon model was in the Observatory's South Gallery, which as recent visitors may know, still exists and currently holds Gravity's Stairway.The model was removed and destroyed about 1965, and replaced, first with a 6 foot Rand McNally Earth-facing hemisphere, and later with a similar sized rotating globe of the entire surface. That 38 year old globe is still on display near an Apollo 14 sample. The main creator of the model was the extraordinary, but now mostly forgotten, artist Roger Hayward. The December 2007 issue of Sky & Telescope has a great article on Hayward - who long made the distinctive drawings in Scientific American's Amateur Scientist column and invented the Schmidt-Cassagrain telescope. I thank Ed Krupp for this information, and congratulate him for his 40th anniversary as director of the fabulous Griffith Observatory.

Chuck Wood

Yesterday's LPOD: Bright Rim

Tomorrow's LPOD: Slip-Sliding Away


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