Astronomy Magazine announces first-ever Pluto globe

Posted by David Eicher
on Monday, October 17, 2016

The new Pluto globe produced by Astronomy Magazine’s editorial team.

Waukesha, Wis. - Kalmbach Publishing Co., publisher of Astronomy magazine and Discover magazine, proudly announces the creation of the first-of-its-kind, custom-produced Pluto globe, using data from the historic New Horizons Pluto mission of 2015.

“This is a first in history,” says David J. Eicher, Editor of Astronomy. “Little more than a year ago we had virtually no idea what Pluto’s surface looked like, and now we have a detailed globe showing 65 labeled features on this distant, beloved world. My old friend Clyde Tombaugh would be amazed and very proud.”

The high-quality desktop globe is a 12-inch diameter, injection-molded sphere that beautifully displays Pluto’s features from the New Horizons flyby — from the heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio, named for Clyde, to a myriad of smaller regions, craters, frozen plains, icy mountains, dune-like features, and apparent icy lakes that have flowed over the surface like glaciers do on Earth. Astronomy Senior Editor Michael Bakich painstakingly labeled the dozens of identified features. 

Until now, nothing like this has existed, and the Pluto globe has already engendered hot interest among astronomy enthusiasts, planetary science buffs, scientists, and anyone who loves to look up and ponder the universe.

 The Astronomy magazine team developed the globe along with Geology and Geophysics Imaging Team Affiliate Ross A. Beyer and the New Horizons team at NASA, led by Project Scientist Alan Stern. All images on the globe came from the New Horizons Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) instrument, which captured images as the spacecraft moved past Pluto at a distance of about 7,800 miles.

The globe retails for $99.95 and is now available to purchase at:

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