The armillery sphere kit is designed to be assembled by 5 to 12 yr olds. It demonstrates the concept of an icasohedron – the basis for the geodesic structure of the Great Globe. Assembly time is typically 20 to 40 minutes. The armillery sphere includes the ability to set the inclination of the globe based on the student’s location (e.g. in Arizona about 33 degrees), the placement of the planets, moon, and sun according to a selected date (e.g. the student’s birthdate) locating them in the constellations where they appeared on that date.
The armillery sphere parts are made of baltic birch cut on a laser cutter by our student fabricators and are designed to be fitted together easily.
The armillery sphere is an ancient device used by scientists and astronomical students in the past to understand the orbits of the earth, moon, planets, etc.
The Kit includes a brief history of the armillery sphere and guide to how to use it for study of the Great Globe and the astronomical features it represents.