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Who has not been dazzled and intrigued when lifting his gaze to the celestial vault on a clear, dark night? The spectacle of those fleeting and distant lights racks both our eyes and our brains. Is this star farther away than that one, or is it simply less luminous? Top Five Virtual Sky Simulators Top Five Virtual Sky Simulators
Partiview Documentation | Uses | Binaries | Source Code | GeoWalls & Domes | Publications | Licensing | Mailing List | Misc. | Links Partiview is free, open-source software from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It is an industrial strength, interactive, mono- or stereoscopic viewer for 4-dimensional datasets. Partiview
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NASA World Wind NASA World Wind Animation showing atmosphere and shading effects in v1.4 USGS Urban Ortho-Imagery of Huntington Beach, California in older version of World Wind (1.2) A cyclone moving across the Indian Ocean (on normal cloud cover - not Rapid Fire MODIS) Washington DC, Wikipedia point layer - icons link to Wikipedia articles Overview[edit] World Wind was released as open source in 2004 by NASA.
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Nooblast Project inspired by the old days Noösphere concept. Visualization picks the real-time data from public APIs and calculates overall strength of signal (recent network buzz) for two given keywords. Some picked events have geolocation information, so they mapped on the globe in the exact points. The overall strength visualized around the globe as “noo”-cloud, the size of which reflects event streams and shaped by geotagged data, building light abstract visual structures-snapshots in space for each term. It explores abstract visual component of generated crowd sourced info streams as the visual connection attaching you to the pulse of planet. NOOBLAST | Pavel Risenberg NOOBLAST | Pavel Risenberg
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The WebGL Globe is an open platform for geographic data visualization. We encourage you to copy the code, add your own data, and create your own. If you do create your own globe, please share it with us. We will post our favorite links below.

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Visualizing geographic data with the WebGL Globe Visualizing geographic data with the WebGL Globe By Doug Fritz of the Google Data Arts Team Today we're sharing a new Chrome Experiment called the WebGL Globe. It’s a simple, open visualization platform for geographic data that runs in WebGL-enabled browsers like Google Chrome. The globe below shows world population, and we’ve created another globe showing Google search traffic. The primary challenge of this project was figuring out how to draw several thousand 3D data spikes as quickly and smoothly as possible. To do this, we turned to Three.js, a JavaScript library for building lightweight 3D graphics.
Google Search Globe | maptd Google Search Globe | maptd Today, Google announced the launch of a simple 3D visualization platform called the WebGL Globe. The open platform is designed to display large volumes of geographic data on top of a 3D virtual globe, inside your web browser. Google has provided a couple of examples: A visualization of a days worth of queries in Google Search. Spikes are coloured by language. Height represents the volume of queries from that location.Secondly, an interactive guide to world population density.
NASA World Wind, an open-source virtual globe with stars and advanced atmosphere & sunlight effects A virtual globe is a 3D software model or representation of the Earth or another world. A virtual globe provides the user with the ability to freely move around in the virtual environment by changing the viewing angle and position. Compared to a conventional globe, virtual globes have the additional capability of representing many different views on the surface of the Earth. These views may be of geographical features, man-made features such as roads and buildings, or abstract representations of demographic quantities such as population. On November 20, 1997, Microsoft released a popular offline virtual globe in the form of Encarta Virtual Globe 98, followed by Cosmi's 3D World Atlas in 1999. Virtual globe Virtual globe
Arty and Educational Globes Arty and Educational Globes Read About the Erdapfel at In order to create a round globe, we first had to believe that the world was indeed round. The Greek were one of the first civilizations to use spherical depictions of the world although many cultures believed the earth was flat for centuries after the Greek's discovery. Pythagoras and Aristotle were among the first to popularize the image of the world as a spherical globe nearly 3,000 to 6,000 years before Christ.
Introduction to Virtual Globes Virtual globes are rapidly becoming an easy and accessible way of finding, distributing and visualizing all sorts of data in a geographical context. The basis of this technology are the confluence of centuries of geometric and cartographic techniques, the increasing availability of previously limited satellite data in the public sphere, and the attractive 'virtual reality' of science fiction computer games and cinematography, all linked by some clever image compression techniques over the ever broadening bandwidth of the internet. Google Earth, NASA WorldWind and ESRI's ArcExplorer all allow the integration of a large amount of data over satellite image and terrain data. Virtual Globes Virtual Globes