Yes @scrou the vertical ring is thicker, to look like the pencil drawing in side view. It is also off-center because I was lazy; it really shouldn't be. It was interesting texture painting a sphere "flattened" and round.
An alternate ending would be simpler and possibly better. Just morph while stationary and then have the globe roll off. I went for maximum "drama" instead.
I wasted massive effort doing things in bad ways, then learning better ways and doing them over. Sometimes learning is that way .