Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Earth Rise

I'm sure that one day - a long time from now - space colonists will wake on the Moon to watch the Earth rise over the Sea of Tranquility. Thanks to Yoni Nachmany's Earthrise you don't have to wait for the Moon to be colonized. You can now view the Earth rise for yourself on Yoni's interactive map of the Moon.

Earthrise uses moon elevation data and imagery from NASA to create an interactive 3D map of the Moon. The Earthrise map also uses a three.js model of NASA's famous Blue Marble composite satellite image of the Earth from space. Which means that while you explore this interactive map of the Moon you can watch the Earth slowly passing overhead. 

If you ever tire of exploring the Moon you can always take a vacation on Mars using Damon Burgett's Ares interactive 3D map of Mars. This fabulous map allows you to explore the craters and mountains of Mars in glorious 3D.

Damon's map uses a Mars digital elevation model from the USGS Astrogeology Science Center. This Mars DEM has been combined with Mapbox's Mars map tiles to create a fully interactive 3D map of Mars. 

If you enjoy exploring space then you can view more interactive maps of the Solar System and its planets using the Maps Mania astronomy tag.

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