Earth - The Blue Marble
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Earth - The Blue Marble

Updated Aug 16, 2004 by Will Rose

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Comment #1 Monday, August 16, 2004 11:02 AM
very cool and nice attention to detail, well done
Will Rose
Comment #2 Monday, August 16, 2004 11:51 AM
Thanks! I'm glad you like it.

Is there any interest in a collection of "Planetary Zoomers"?
Comment #3 Monday, August 16, 2004 3:48 PM
I love this!! How about other planets and our moon.
Thanks for making it.
Comment #4 Monday, August 16, 2004 3:59 PM
This is beautiful!!!!!!!! I would love to see other planets
Comment #5 Monday, August 16, 2004 4:14 PM
Aww, go ahead and upload the 1000x1000 object My PC can handle it (just before falling on the floor in a smoking heap).

I like this object, very well done. I would also like to see other planetary objects, as well.
Will Rose
Comment #6 Monday, August 16, 2004 4:16 PM
Thanks, I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Believe me, I'd love to do views of the other planets as well, but for right now I don't think it will be possible.

In order to do an animation like this, a full revolution of the planet must be imaged from the same vantage point, and the vantage point must be suitable. Most planets have not been fully imaged in this way the pictures just don't exist. Mars and Venus have been fully imaged, but the orbiters were too close to see the entire planet in one frame. Jupiter was well-imaged by the Gallileo and Cassini probes, but they moved around too much, so the vantage points vary widely, making an undertaking like this difficult.

I'm looking into doing our moon, and it may eventually be possible to do Saturn, now that the Cassini probe is there.
Will Rose
Comment #7 Tuesday, August 17, 2004 2:58 AM
I could do a collection of "Planetary Zoomers" though. They wouldn't rotate or anything, but they would expand/contract on mouseover like a normal zoomer.

If you'd like zoomers, let me know. If you're after the full-motion revolving planets, see my post below.

It would be nice if Stardock would allow "IconX" type functionality for an animated DX object, so that the rotating planets could expand/shrink seamlessly on mouseover. Is anyone from Stardock listening?

Comment #8 Tuesday, August 17, 2004 9:43 AM
If you made a moon object, you should release it and the earth as a pack, set up so that the moon went back and forth in front and behind the earth so that it looked like it was orbiting....that would be cool.

This is inctredible work! Thanks for the great object.
Will Rose
Comment #9 Tuesday, August 17, 2004 5:37 PM
CerebroJD, shall I assume you'd like the orbital calculations synchronized with the moon's rotation, so it always shows the same side to Earth, as in real life? And do I have to make the earth wobble around the barycenter???

Also what about scale? If I make the orbital distance to accurate scale with the diameter of the earth and moon, they're have to be pretty small (less than 20 pixels) to fit on one monitor...
Comment #10 Tuesday, August 17, 2004 10:50 PM
It would be cool to have an object where you can your place on earth and then it shows a high resolution picture of the earth with correct lighting situation - dark after sunset.
Comment #11 Tuesday, August 17, 2004 10:50 PM
Oh and a moving model of the solar system would be great too
Dresden Sinn
Comment #12 Wednesday, August 18, 2004 3:58 PM
Nice! Goes well with my Spiderman2 Theme. I look forward to the MooN. Too bad Mars isn't possible, that would go great with a DooM3 Theme.

Will Rose
Comment #13 Wednesday, August 18, 2004 5:40 PM
All these kind words and still only an 8? ( I promise to make a moon object if someone will bump me up to a 9!
Dresden Sinn
Comment #14 Thursday, August 19, 2004 2:35 PM
I'd bump ya up to a 10 if I knew where the heck the ratings are...I don't see anywhere to rate...?
Comment #15 Thursday, August 19, 2004 9:17 PM
(I hope this doesn't post twice...)

Beautiful and well-executed eye-candy. Although not much more use than a souped-up icon, it is still fascinating and shows off the hidden power of DX. Worth at least a 9 to me!

Note: Stardock are building an entire app (IconX) around souped-up icons, so my comment is not a knock.

Comment #16 Thursday, August 19, 2004 10:46 PM
Dresden: It's right above the the box where you type in your comments.
Comment #17 Friday, August 20, 2004 10:36 AM
Very sweet graphics! I've used the spinning globe from DX since I've been using DX, but now I will use this one. Did you add the light flare/spot to the graphics? (The one just to the left and above of the center) It seems a little distracting to me, especially when it passes over the oceans.

I'd definitely be interested in something like this of the moon or planetary zoomers as well.

Nice work....

Will Rose
Comment #18 Friday, August 20, 2004 5:37 PM
Jeff: No offense taken, as I said in the description, it serves no purpose other than to look pretty. Except as a shortcut, it's pretty useless, but I still think it's cool.

Carpe: The lightflare is atmospheric refraction of sunlight (glare)reflected by the water towards the observer. On celestial bodies that lack either atmosphere or water, it wouldn't be there. If you have both atmosphere and water, and illumination is provided by an intense point source (like the sun) you get that kind of flare. You'll see if I do Venus or Mars that it won't be there, because they have atmospheres but lack water. Also, there isn't flare from the moon, since it lacks both.

I see I made it to a 9 today! Thanks everybody! I'm really glad you enjoy it.

(I don't like to post anything that's not worth a 9 or a 10. I was beginning to worry this one wasn't up to snuff. I try to make my stuff as high-quality as possible, thus I don't do very many submissions.)
Firedogs Ron Son Jose
Comment #19 Saturday, August 21, 2004 4:15 PM
It's on our desktop now! Would like one twice that size.
Comment #20 Sunday, August 22, 2004 11:12 AM

Thanks for the explanation of the light flare.

I was thinking it would also be cool to have a similar spinning globe using the Global City Lights satellite pictures from
I don't know how easy it would be to map it to a sphere though....

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