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Design Science

A Topographically Accurate Lunar Globe Designed with Data From NASA

April 14, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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All images provided by Oscar Lhermitte

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Product designer Oscar Lhermitte has collaborated with design studio Kudu to produce a topographically accurate lunar globe that turns along with the phases of the moon. MOON exists at a 1:20 million scale and was created with data from NASA to reveal all of the moon’s craters in precise detail. As the round light or “sun,” rotates around the globe, dramatic shadows are cast across its surface.

With three settings, you can manually twist the moon to the position you desire, place it on demo mode to let you see all phases in 30 seconds, or switch it to live mode to have the piece synchronize with the current position of the moon itself. In addition to a physical similarity to the moon, the globe also has an intrinsic connection to it. MOON’s computer system has the exact same memory as the Apollo 11 computers that landed the first men on the earth-orbiting giant.

You can check out more about the project on MOON’s Kickstarter. (via Faith is Torment)

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Design

2011 Lunar Calendar by Dmtr.org

December 28, 2010

Christopher Jobson

I withstood posting this 2011 lunar calendar poster from Dmtr.org last week in part because I’ve posted ten billion calendars this month, but also because it was missing the all important buy link. Well, I’m caving. The buy link mysteriously appeared this weekend and this sweet print is all yours for a mere $50.

 

 



Design

Letterpress 2011 Lunar Calendar by Alec Thibodeau

December 17, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Pineal Grigio a 2011 Lunar Calendar design by Alec Thibodeau.

Alec Thibodeau’s “Pineal Grigio” measures 19″ by 11.75″, the exact same dimensions as his 2008, 2009, and 2010 lunar calendars. The limited edition letterpress printed lunar calendar details the 365 phases of the moon for 2011. A continuation of the past three years’ calendar illustrations, the piece is the fourth installment in Alec’s Lunar Calendar Series. The calendar is based on the skies of Providence, Rhode Island but will function accurately anywhere in the Eastern Time Zone and to within a day of accuracy for any location in the Northern Hemisphere. Special illustrations represent New Moon, First Quarter Moon, Full Moon and Third Quarter Moon for each four week cycle. Clouds serve as placeholders in months with fewer than 31 days.

And it glows. In the freaking dark. And is also sold out. Emoticon sad face. On a related note the #1 item on Colossal that drives search traffic is this 2011 Moon Phase Calendar by Irwin Glusker available right this second at MoMa. (via poster district)