Fly Me To The Moon…

Article written: 1 Jul , 2009
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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“Fly me to the Moon and let me play among the stars… Let me see what life is like on…” Oh, hi there! I’ll just bet you know what’s up with the double image, don’t you? That’s right. A little “stereo magic” by Jukka Metsavainio. But this time you’re in for something really different. Step inside for a magic carpet ride you’ll never forget…

This time our visualization moves! That’s right. You’re going to take a virtual 3D journey along the lunar surface… Just like you were flying along in your own personal lunar lander. While Jukka has instructed that this video was prepared in parallel vision only, I had no trouble slightly crossing my eyes and getting it to work for me that way. I hope you’ll find this as exciting as I did! (And I hope you’re able to see it. Remember, not everyone can…)

As you watch the scenery unfold, see how many craters you can identify as we tour from the lunar south to north. I see Maurolycus and Stofler drift by… Then you can see the huge central peak in Arzachel sticking up out of the shadows! Next thing you know, there’s Albategnius with its vacant looking floor and central peak. Ptolmaeus, Hipparchus, Mare Vaporum… Then look out! Vrrrrrrrrooooooom…. Here come the Apennine Mountains with the deep wells of Aristillus and Autolycus on one side and the smooth plains of Mare Serenitatis on the other. Next thing you know? We’re flying over the Caucasus Mountains and you can see the Alpine Valley like the lunar Grand Canyon… and over there! Over there is Atlas and Hercules! And all the way up at the top? Ah… Goldschmidt! Now, if you’ll pardon me. I’ve got a carpet to catch.

Again!

Many thanks to Northern Galactic member, Jukka Metsavainio for sharing his incredible visions with us. We understand how many hours upon hours it takes to do this, and we cannot thank you enough.


2 Responses

  1. Feenixx says

    I’m getting a 3D effect, but it looks sort of “wrong” – I cannot quite pinpoint what it is, but it doesn’t look like what I’d expect. One thing: the night side looks raised higher to me than the day side, but the day side itself looks very strange.

    I’m getting almost all the cross eye vision stills, no problem, but I always have difficulties with the parallel versions.

  2. Manu says

    Feenixx, if it looks wrong, you’re probably crossing eyes without realizing.
    Whatever Tammy says, it doesn’t work cross-eyes.
    Your brain gets conflicting 3D info: eye convergence shows a hollow moon, while movement indicates the correct perspective.
    Depending on its own preferences, it will choose one or the other, or none, and return a warning!

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