Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Mapping Titan as a globe. Circular grids like this provide a simple way of projecting a plan onto a sphere. This particular grid is called a Wolffnet projection. The distortion increases with the distance from the centre of the grid. With this in mind I added the 3000 miles of ocean needed in order to complete the globe, which is now 6000 miles in diameter. 

Think of these as completely new maps. Earlier maps are incomplete or unreliable. Unlike the original maps these new maps are being designed to work as 3D models. The continents have been distorted to increase their landmass and reduce the amount of empty ocean. The new shapes may appear awkward at first, but we now have a map that fits onto a sphere. The next step is to plot the new map onto the globe.

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