The celestial globe is a representation of the Universe on September 5th 1638, the birth date of King Louis XIV. The Earth is in the middle. 1,880 celestial bodies are depicted and 72 constellations appear in the symbolic forms of animals or mythological figures. On the Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718) globe, the ecliptic circle is represented by means of a Sun gliding over a gilded copper line. Its steady motion provides a chance to observe the other celestial bodies past which the Sun travels, as well as the changing seasons and the Zodiac signs as engraved on the ecliptic.