The concept of a 3D moon map is already pretty darn cool on its own. But cartographer Jeffrey Ambroziak doesn't make your run of the mill 3D maps. Using the latest satellite data and a patented algorithm he developed, Ambroziak creates photo realistic 3D maps, which can be uniquely appreciated from any perspective, no matter what angle or distance the map is being viewed. Just the sort of wall popping art for a young aspiring astronaut. Ambroziak's previous PopView maps of Antarctica, Yosemite, and Mars have been displayed in museums and art galleries. But now he's offering the general public first grabs on his newest work, mapping the moon (via a Kickstarter project), made possible by new elevation data from Nasa's latest Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera.
The Popview maps do require red and cyan filtered 3D glasses for proper viewing, but I also dig the old school anaglyphic look of them on their own.
The Kickstarter project has already tripled its target goal, but will continue accepting pledges through March 7, offering the moon map in digital format for a $5 pledge, or a printed version (2.5 ft. X 3 ft.) suitable for framing at the $65 amount.
(Images: PopView Maps)