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Author Topic: Buy Yourself a Globe of Mars and Its Canals as Mapped in 1905  (Read 901 times)
RJBowman
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« on: August 26, 2015, 03:29:20 am »

Someone posted this link on the John Carter of Mars group on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Planetenkugel-Manufaktur/1653916284853347

This company out of Mannheim, Germany, is trying to break into the planetary globe business with a globe of Mars and its canals as mapped by astronomer Percival Lowell in 1905:


Just the thing for any would-be explorer of the fantastic.

No, I am not affiliated with the seller.
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2015, 03:50:27 am »

I wonder if somebody somewhere has ever superimposed a map of the actual topography of Mars over Lowell's canal map, just tpo see if there's any clue as to what features caused the appearance of canals to be there to be mapped... Might be interesting to see what becomes apparent.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2015, 04:08:53 am »

That sounds like an interesting GIS or ERMapper project!
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2015, 06:09:16 pm »

That would be a fun thing to have.  Especially if there indeed was a way to match the old view with the new understanding.
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2015, 07:40:17 pm »

Unfortunately it's mostly to do with the brain being 'tricked' into seeing false information - a similar effect to that which causes people to see a face in the moon. The brain is programmed to pick out certain features so that we can identify them quickly, but in the absence of inforation, such as a small slightly fuzzy orb in a telescope, the brain circuits responsible for quick recognition go into overdrive, and produce false patterns that it 'expects' to be there.

So sadly there is very little to observe and compare with a modern overlay of Mars. Unless you place the globe at the bottom of your garden and look through a toilet roll tube.... Wink
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2015, 11:18:17 pm »

I just think it's incredibly impressive how the Martians managed to hide all those canals from NASA's prying lenses... Of course, they also did a pretty fast turn-around sanding down 'face mountain' once the Viking orbiter had spotted it, those sneeky little tripod pilots  Wink

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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2015, 11:39:23 pm »

Why to cephalopod Martians have a monument shaped like a human face?
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2015, 02:05:06 am »

Why do cephalopod Martians have a monument shaped like a human face?


Well, we have monuments to our favorite "fast foods":
           
     
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2015, 02:38:26 am »

Aren’t the first one and the last one the same thing?
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2015, 02:43:00 am »

Aren’t the first one and the last one the same thing?

Not officially...(the Cult of the Dread God Cthulhu is very keen on maintaining the "public face" of Ronald McDonald...)  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2015, 02:46:19 am »

Wait a minute - The Golden Tentacles, Cthulhu Sanders, "Deep One" John Silver... By the Gods, they're all in it togeth
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« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2015, 02:55:04 am »

Wait a minute - The Golden Tentacles, Cthulhu Sanders, "Deep One" John Silver... By the Gods, they're all in it togeth

Oops...Looks like someone got too close to the truth... Lips sealed
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