June 3, 2013

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Half a Globe is Better Than a Flat Image

image by Francisco José Fernández Gómez, Ourense – Spain

Ever since the 1930s when Wright projected lunar images on to emulsion-coated globes people have wanted to see the all parts of the Moon from overhead. I guess it even goes further back to Russell's construction of the first lunar globe in 1797. There have been various software globifications of lunar images and now Francisco adds another one, this time rotating like a carousel. I like it a lot. Especially impressive is the two-ring structure of the South Pole-Aitken Basin visible above before starting the video.

Chuck Wood

Technical Details
Starting with an image of the full moon and using the programs Winjupos to obtain a simple cylindrical projection and Blender 3D for rendering.

Related Links
Francisco's website

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