Home Schools and Hobbyists

The Student Edition of the Horizon Globe is perfect for homeschoolers, scout troops and other star-gazing enthusiasts. This model was specially developed for ease of use, with special markings to show the equinoxes, solstices, and star positions.

compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

Humans have a natural curiosity about the sky. Nothing is more enjoyable than looking up and seeing familiar patterns, night after night, year after year. Use the Horizon Globe to make learning those patterns simple and intuitive. Everyone, kids and adults, can find joy in watching the sky!

"I got interested in
at the age of 8..."
-Seth Shostak, Director of Center for SETI Research

You can place the Sun anywhere along the ecliptic to simulate any day of the year: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, or anytime in-between. First try looking at the summer sun. Rotate the globe to simulate sunrise and sunset, and notice the long summer day. Move the sun to winter and see the sun barely make it over the horizon!

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

Model the phases of the moon with the four included moon phases--crescent, quarter, gibbous, and full. Put the sun and moon on the globe together and watch them move across the sky in a single day.

The sun and crescent moon move across the sky together in a single day

The Horizon Globe also models four visible planets and the entire zodiac. Four important "guidepost" constellations are included as well, Orion, Cassiopeia, Cygnus, and the Big Dipper. These are easy-to-find constellations that can help you find your way around the night sky.

Use your Horizon Globe to watch Orion come up over the horizon and chase the Queen, Cassiopeia, across the sky. Cassiopeia chases the Swan, Cygnus, but can never quite catch it. Let the story of the sky come to life!

The Horizon Globe makes observational astronomy accessible to anyone. Concepts like the ecliptic, seasons, latitude, tropical and arctic circles are demonstrated in 3D, making them easy to learn and impossible to forget. As one astronomy professor stated, "With the Horizon Globe you can teach in minutes what used to take weeks."

Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.
-Benjamin Franklin

The Horizon Globe includes an Observer, a small wooden figurine that sits in the center of the globe. This Observer provides a unique perspective on observational astronomy. It's easy to imagine yourself as the observer with a view from inside the sphere. This vantage point lets you see what you would see from actual observations.

Additionally, the Horizon Globe allows a student to see how the geometry of the ecliptic generates what we see. When you turn the globe, your mind naturally shuttles back and forth between the geometry of the sky and the observations, anchoring both as permanent knowledge.

No homeschool is complete without a Horizon Globe. The sky is out there every night, patiently waiting for you to come out and enjoy it. Let the Horizon Globe prompt (and answer!) the kind of questions that lead to real understanding.