Behold: what could be a very nice ad for what looks like a VW Tiguan, but isn’t. To wit:
Assembled in a 360 degree panoramic projection, the mosaicked frames were captured at January’s end along a quiet country road near Siemiony, northeastern Poland, planet Earth. The night was cold and between trees reaching toward the sky shine the stars and nebulae of the northern winter Milky Way. Near zenith is bright star Capella, a mere 43 light-years above the tree tops. Alpha star of the constellation Auriga the Charioteer and part of the winter hexagon asterism, Capella is a well-studied double star system. Follow the Milky Way above and right of Capella and you might spot the familiar stars of Orion in the northern winter night.
Although the cameras are high quality, the rate at which the rovers can send data back to earth is the biggest challenge. Curiosity can only send data directly back to earth at 32 kilo-bits per second. Instead, when the rover can connect to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, we get more favourable speeds of 2 Megabytes per second. However, this link is only available for about 8 minutes each Sol, or Martian day. As you would expect, sending HD video at these speeds would take a long long time. As nothing really moves on Mars, it makes more sense to take and send back images.
A disconcerting flight over the glorious Cornish landscape created with ‘drone-shot images stitched into distorted 360-degree panaromas then brought to life with 2.5D camera projection’ by videographer Parker Paul.
Vertical composite panoramas of New York church interiors by Richard Silver.
Capturing such architectural glory, sez he, involves ‘finding the perfect location in the center aisle then shooting vertically from the pew to the back of the church gives the perspective that only architecture of this style can portray.’
Above: the Church of St Vincent Ferrer, Church of St Francis Xavier, Church of St. Stephen / Church of St. Paul the Apostle and St. Monica’s Church