This summer I was introduced to MacKiev’s amazing 3D Weatherglobe program. My favorite uses of the program include downloading recent satellite cloud imagery, typing in the names of cities in its 40,000+ database and zooming to those parts of the globe, switching between globe and map views to zoom in on areas, and “flying” historic routes like the voyages of Christopher Columbus or Amelia Earhart’s flight around the world. With the active hurricane season we have been having, the weather satellite imagery is particularly cool to use in the classroom, especially when projecting the computer image on a wall using a LCD projector!
Earthbrowser is similar program for Windows systems, but also includes links to live webcams in addition to updated satellite imagery.
Using these programs probably doesn’t come close to comparing how cool it would be to actually go into space and see the earth from orbit, but it is definitely a more accessible and realistic way to get that amazing astronaut’s perspective for most of us!
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