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The Daily Planet: Giant Earth Lookalike.

The Daily Planet: Giant Earth Lookalike

Field review by the editors.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Despite its jaw-dropping size, the Daily Planet is not the world's largest world (which is in New York) but it is larger than the world's largest rotating globe (that's in Maine). The Daily Planet is 72 feet tall, and its placement -- wedged against the side of a downtown building in Raleigh, North Carolina, as if it rolled there -- somehow makes it look even more colossal.

Completed in 2012, The Daily Planet houses a multimedia theater-of-sorts with a 2,000-square-foot video screen that projects science presentations and nature images. Outside, the globe is a hollow steel ball covered in hi-res satellite photos of the Earth. The images were rolled onto the globe's exterior like a billboard getting a new advertisement -- which means that the Daily Planet could some day be transformed into another planet if we ever get tired of looking at our own.

The Daily Planet: Giant Earth Lookalike

Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC
Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Downtown, on the southwest corner of W. Jones and N. Salisbury Sts, a block east of US Hwy 70/401.
Free, both inside and outside.
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