Picture Earth From Space

March 28, 2006 | My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

Earth, From Space

For some reason, today I decided to make a picture of the earth from space, using the NASA Blue Marble Next Generation dataset, some infrared satellite data (from today, no less) and my trusty homebrew raytracer. Ten minutes of work, and I got the image on the right. Not too bad, even if it doesn’t include any atmospheric effects.

Just my ten minute hack of the day.

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Addendum: Want to do a better job? Check out this paper.

Addendum2: Check out this picture of the shadow of the moon on the earth taken from the ISS.


Comment from dtgreenwood
Time 3/28/2006 at 7:47 pm

That is one extreamly impressive 10 minutes hack!! I like it. Kudos