3D Sun and Moon

Two bits of three dimensional astronomy news concerning the biggest and brightest astronomical objects to appear in a typical day or night has headed my way. Firstly, a member of Unmanned Space Flight has generated 3D lunar landscapes from pictures taken by the LRO satellite. Bernhard Braun developed software that allows three dimensional landscapes to be rendered from two dimensional pictures using shadows. He did it for Mars and now he’s done it for the Moon, see the results here.

Meanwhile, a new iPhone app has been using data from the STEREO spacecraft to give users the chance to see the Sun in 3D. The same technique as gave us Solar Storm Watch now allows you to flip open your phone on the train and check to see if we, for example, are being bathed in radio waves by a sunspot. It is run by the same guy who runs the SpaceWeather.com website.


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