The new GlobeViewer Moon app is an interactive and three-dimensional representation of the entire lunar surface. The apps developer converted the available LRO height data to a planetary 3D model which everyone can explore with a smartphone or tablet.
There are four map modes available (elevation display, photo illustration, a combination of both and a grey texture for the telescope mode). These views were created from data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. In addition, surface details (normal maps) have been obtained from the elevation data for the display, which can be combined with all map modes. Even the smallest craters, elevations, grooves and gorges are visible on the map.
The lighting in the 3D map view is designed in such a way that the light can be directed into the crater from all directions. This is used to improve the visibility of height structures in the craters and is not intended to represent the real lighting situation. Realistic lighting that includes the ecliptic was also dispensed with in the globe view in favor of the visibility of the polar regions. In telescope mode the lighting is a realistic simulation including Moon phase and libration movement.
The app is offered for iOS and Android is available in free and paid versions. You can learn more here.
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