[OSGeo-Discuss] Science on a Sphere ... NYT article

Paul Neave paul.neave at gmail.com
Mon Jun 19 06:49:03 PDT 2006

It really looks quite impressive... check out the videos
(and more on http://sos.noaa.gov/ )


On 14/06/06, M.Blackmore <mblackmore at oxlug.org> wrote:
> Perhaps of some relevance to people hereabouts? I like the idea of a
> spherical projection, never heard of one before. Are there any
> precedences?
> http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/13/science/13sphe.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin
> <snip> "Circling the big glowing ball that hovers in the middle of the
> room, you feel like a giant alien casually strolling through the solar
> system.
> You watch the distant Earth, turning slowly as the white puff that is
> Hurricane Katrina slides into the Gulf of Mexico. Then the sphere morphs
> into Mars; the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, moves
> into view from a far horizon. Then it becomes Jupiter, with its swirling
> atmospheric bands and turbulent red spot.
> The display is Science on a Sphere, a pioneering system for presenting
> planetary portraits gathered from satellites and other spacecraft.
> Essentially a spherical movie screen of white fiberglass, six feet in
> diameter, it displays video images from four computer-controlled
> projectors...
> "It's a unique way of showing planetary data sets that makes them come
> alive..."" <snip>
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