This Topographically-Accurate Lunar Globe Puts A Mini-Moon In Your House

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Chances are, you’ve seen a lunar globe before. No matter how good those globes are, however, we doubt their accuracy comes anywhere near the MOON, a faithful and accurate 3D replica of Earth’s only natural satellite.

Unlike most lunar globes that fill the surface with photographs and illustrations, this globe recreates everything in 3D. That means, every crater, every ridge, and every elevation known to man is reproduced in detailed likeness, essentially giving you a miniature version of the celestial body. Whether you’re an astronomy fan, a moon worshipper, or a lycanthrope who likes howling at the moon, this thing should make for an awesome thing to have around the house.

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Aside from being an accurate scale replica, MOON also comes with a lighting system that simulates the moon’s synodic movement in relation to the sun. This system uses a ring of LEDs that orbit the 3D model, lighting up different areas of the globe in a way that mimics how the sun illuminates the moon over time, recreating features of the lunar surface in the manner we see it here on Earth. You can rotate the light manually around the globe, as well as simulate a full synodic month in 30 seconds. The big feature, however, is a live mode that moves the light in the same position as the current lunar phase, so you can have a real-time, miniature version of the moon even in the middle of the day.

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A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for MOON. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at £300.

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  1. Amyah

    My son has been obsessed with everything to do with outer space for quite some time now. He loves bedtime stories that are related to the sun or the moon and wants me to purchase anything that has a picture of a planet on it. I’ve always pictured him as an astronaut or astrologist even though he isn’t even 7 yet. He’s a smart little guy and I’m excited to see a product available on the market that could allow him to see the moon in real time. When I first saw this product, I thought it would shine the light onto the wall, showing the craters and natural shape of the moon. This is even neater. I love the live mode feature to help match the lunar phase. He would really get a kick out of that!

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    • Thomas

      Oh yeah, my kids would love this too. I would get this even if I din’t have kids. It will make any room look cool. I like science products like this because it can encourage young people to get an interest in space exploration. I would love it if we would send people to the moon again.

      It blows my mind how they can accurately reproduce the crates. The MOON is not only stylish, but educational and very inspirational. The KickStarter has already exceeded their goal by double what they were seeking and there is still 3 1/2 weeks left. I hope this product is a huge success and then they come out with other astronomical related items. I would love to see something similar to this but dealing with Mars. We might have people landing and living on Mars in my lifetime, so tools such as this could help introduce, educate, and inspire future inhabitants of Mars. It is no longer the work of sci-fi, but true science. Congratulations to the MOON creators and keep it up!

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