This experiment is inspired by Star Trek, Cowboy Bebop, NASA’s InSight Mars Lander, and the ton of astrophysics books I’ve been reading.
There was a Super Blood Wolf Moon last night! I wanted a pic but my phone camera sucks at a distance, so I did my best to recreate my view in After Effects.
Animation coming soon!
Earth and Mars were basically twins until ~3 billion years ago. I wonder what happened.
This is my first attempt creating a 3d object in After Effects. Luckily, I was able to find a plug-in that makes wrapping a texture around a sphere a breeze.
I recently finished reading Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. In chapter 8 “On Being Round” and he points out “If you had a super-duper, jumbo-gigantic finger, and you dragged it across Earth’s surface (oceans and all), Earth would feel as smooth as a cue ball.”
That description blew my mind and was at the forefront of my thoughts while creating the asset’s normal map. It was an interesting challenge visualizing our home planet’s topography without giving it too much depth.
See You, Space Nerds.