This unique thermometer and barometer combination is perfect for the weather enthusiast or someone who just loves science. This functional and attractive decoration features a thermometer based on Galileo's (1564-1642) discovery that the density of fluid expands and contracts depending on temperature. The density of the liquid in each sphere varies slightly and as the actual room temperature fluctuates, the glass spheres will rise or fall. The water level in the barometer rises and falls with the changing of the air pressure. Now you can forecast the weather in the most elegant way. Recommended for children ages 10 and up.
**Not intended for outdoor use.**
- 11" tall x 2" base x 1.5" middle diameter
- Floating bulbs that measure 64º, 68º, 72º, 76º, and 80º Fahrenheit
- 4.5" tall x 3" base x 3.5" middle diameter
- 9" x 4.75"
- 20 mL plastic syringe
- Instruction and information manual
How does it work?
The basic concept behind a Galileo Thermometer is that as the temperature of the air outside the thermometer changes, the temperature of the water does, as well. As the temperature of the water changes, expanding as it gets warmer or contracting as it gets cooler, the density of the water changes, too. Sense the density in the bulbs cannot change (they're completely full with water and oil), they will float or sink depending on the water's density. The bulb that sinks the most indicates the approximate current temperature.
What does it teach?
The relationship between the water's ever changing density and the unchanged density of the bulbs is a great display of density. Density is a measure of how much matter is in a fixed area and is calculatable by mass ÷ volume. The Galileo Thermometer is also a great way to observe how temperature effects air pressure as well as density.
Russell Kohnken - September 27, 2011
seems to work well. feels fragile.
Beautiful and educational
COinCO - May 28, 2011
We have enjoyed our barometer and thermometer very much. Works perfectly.
Lisa Tunney - January 3, 2011
I loved this product, it was everything I expected when I ordered it. Since it was a gift, my nephew, who collects these type of thermometers also loved it and did not have one like it! I was so pleased it came in time for Christmas and everything worked out. Thank you!
Paul - September 20, 2010
This thermometer/barometer set has been fantastic. It is highly accurate and an awesome conversation starter. I have had everyone from students to adults ask about the set. An awesome and decorative teaching tool!
Barb Colorado - December 21, 2009
I absolutely, positively love this. We have it set up in the living room. It came with great instructions on how to set it up. The kids are having a lot of fun comparing this to the digital weather station we have. I was really excited about it because we have long called Carter our little barometer as the weather change often sets off a shunt headache for him. We are using this to compare the changes with his headaches. Plus, it just looks so cool!
Makes weather pretty...
Zarah Englewood - August 17, 2009
This is a really beautiful item! It also is very scientific - it encompasses temperature, density, air pressure and weather. I love it!