Belgium Mars globe, 1892

Mars globe on a black wooden stand, 1892.
Dated to around 1892, this small printed globe of Mars was produced by Lebeque and Company Co., Brussels. The features on the globe are based on the observations made by Louis Niesten during 1877 at the observatories of Milan and Brussels. The delineated Marian features are labelled with the nomenclature of both the Italian and English astronomers, Prof. Giovanni Schiparelli and Dr S M Green. The globe is marked with linear features that Schiaparelli first called Canali (canals). Later the American astronomer, Percival Lowell thought they were evidence for intelligent life on the Red Planet. Niesten originally presented the globe to the Royal Astronomical Society 1903--10 before it was acquired by the Science Museum in 1931.
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