What passes for excitement in these parts is seeing not one, but TWO “world’s largests” in one day. In September, we went to the world’s largest DIY Festival, the World Maker Faire, held at the New York Science Center in Queens. It was A. MAZING. But this post is about globes.
On the walk from the parking lot to the main gate, we stopped by the world’s largest globe. The Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was built for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair as a symbol of world peace. It is 140 feet high (that’s 12 stories) and 120 feet in diameter. Made of stainless steel, it weighs 900,000 pounds! It is stationery. It is beautiful.
Of course, we’ve also seen another BIG globe, specifically, the world’s largest rotating globe, at the DeLorme headquarters in Yarmouth, ME.
“Eartha,” which measures 41.5 ft in diameter, is a three-dimensional scale model of the earth with mountains and landforms in full 3D, rotating and revolving to simulate the earth’s real movements. Eartha tilts at 23.5 degrees, just as the earth does, and revolves on a specially-designed cantilever arm, while you’re standing still, you’ll see the world pass before your eyes.
SO, let’s re-cap. Not only has the “Go BIG” family seen two world’s largests on the same day, we’ve seen two world’s largest in the same category!
Please contain your excitement. I can barely stand it myself.
We’ve shared this post on Photo Friday at Delicious Baby.