A globe is a spherical model of Earth, of some other celestial body, or of the celestial sphere. Globes serve similar purposes to maps, but unlike maps, do not distort the surface that they portray except to scale it down. A globe of Earth is called a terrestrial globe. A globe of the celestial sphere is called a celestial globe.

A globe shows details of its subject. A terrestrial globe shows land masses and water bodies. It might show nations and prominent cities and the network of latitude and longitude lines. Some have raised relief to show mountains. A celestial globe shows stars, and may also show positions of other prominent astronomical objects. Typically it will also divide the celestial sphere up into constellations.

The word "globe" comes from the Latin word globus, meaning "sphere". Globes have a long history. The first known mention of a globe is from Strabo, describing the Globe of Crates from about 150 BC. The oldest surviving terrestrial globe is the Erdapfel, wrought by Martin Behaim in 1492. The oldest surviving celestial globe sits atop the Farnese Atlas, carved in the 2nd century Roman Empire.

Terrestrial and planetary

Flat maps are created using a map projection that inevitably introduces an increasing amount of distortion the larger the area that the map shows. A globe is the only representation of the Earth that does not distort either the shape or the size of large features – land masses, bodies of water, etc.

The circumference of the Earth is quite close to 40 million metres.[1][2] Many globes are made with a circumference of one metre, so they are models of the Earth at a scale of 1:40 million. In imperial units, many globes are made with a diameter of one foot, yielding a circumference of 3.14 feet and a scale of 1:41,777,000. Globes are also made in many other sizes.

Sometimes a globe has surface texture showing topography; in these, elevations are exaggerated, otherwise they would be hardly visible. Most modern globes are also imprinted with parallels and meridians, so that one can tell the approximate coordinates of a specific place. Globes may also show the boundaries of countries and their names, a feature that can quickly become out of date, as countries change their names or borders.

Many terrestrial globes have one celestial feature marked on them: a diagram called the analemma, which shows the apparent motion of the Sun in the sky during a year.

Globes generally show north at the top, but many globes allow the axis to be swiveled so that southern portions can be viewed conveniently. This capability also permits exploring the earth from different orientations to help counter the north-up bias caused by conventional map presentation.

Other Languages
asturianu: Globu terraqueu
azərbaycanca: Qlobus
башҡортса: Глобус
беларуская: Глобус
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Глёбус
भोजपुरी: ग्लोब
български: Глобус
bosanski: Globus
Чӑвашла: Глобус
čeština: Glóbus
dansk: Globus
Deutsch: Globus
eesti: Gloobus
Esperanto: Globuso
euskara: Mundu bola
français: Globe terrestre
Gaeilge: Cruinneog
한국어: 지구의
Հայերեն: Գլոբուս
hrvatski: Globus (svijet)
Ido: Globo
Bahasa Indonesia: Globe
italiano: Globo
עברית: גלובוס
Basa Jawa: Globe
ქართული: გლობუსი
қазақша: Глобус
Кыргызча: Глобус
latviešu: Globuss
lietuvių: Gaublys
magyar: Földgömb
македонски: Глобус
Bahasa Melayu: Glob
Nederlands: Globe
日本語: 地球儀
norsk: Globus
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Globus
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਧਰਤ-ਗੋਲ਼ਾ
پنجابی: گلوب
polski: Globus
português: Globo terrestre
русский: Глобус
ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤ: ᱜᱞᱳᱵᱽ
Scots: Globe
sicilianu: Crobbu
සිංහල: ලෝක ගෝලය
Simple English: Globe
slovenčina: Glóbus
slovenščina: Globus
српски / srpski: Глобус
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Globus
svenska: Jordglob
Tagalog: Globo
татарча/tatarça: Глобус
తెలుగు: గ్లోబు
тоҷикӣ: Глобус
українська: Глобус
اردو: کرہ ارض
vepsän kel’: Globus
Tiếng Việt: Quả địa cầu
Winaray: Globo
粵語: 地球儀
中文: 地球儀