This globe was inspired by the photographs of Earth taken by the American astronauts on their voyages to and from the moon. The EarthBall was created as a way to see two dimensional images compiled into a spherical form, as with the real Earth. The illustration that you see was made by integrated hundreds of flat images - NASA photographs, weather satellite pictures, and geophysical maps - into a cohesive three dimensional model of our planet. WHAT SEASON IS IT? At any given time, our planet is covered by clouds over approximately 50% of its surface. With the EarthBall, every effort has been made to replicate the Earth as it actually looks from space. However, in order that most of the land area on the ball may be clearly visible, the cloud cover has been somewhat reduced. The weather patterns are intended to be meteorologically accurate; the season represented is Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Featuring the same colorful NASA satellite imagery as Orbis Giant Globes, each Earth Ball displays Nite Glow Cities, allowing you to observe the world's cities glowing brightly at night. Each & every Earth Ball also comes with the 20 Page Global Handbook, chock full of games, activities & resources for Earth adventurers of all ages.