Earth Mk.I

16th August 2001

Earth Mk.I was an experiment with texture mapping in Java3D, which worked out remarkably well given that it only took a couple of hours to code.

A texture mapped sphere represents the Earth, surrounded by a bluish transparent sphere to represent the atmosphere.

A further version of this includes stars, a visible sun, and better lightsources.

Sources and Inspiration
Tor Oera's fantastic site - and Tor's 3D Earth tutorial

Fourmilab's Earth View -

NASA's Earth from Space site -

Fig. 1 - Moonrise over Africa and Europe, from near-Earth orbit (atmosphere is visible).

Fig. 2 - Closer view of the Moon, with Earth in the background (American continent).