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The Earth screen saver displays an image of the Earth
« on: March 05, 2013, 10:55:18 PM »
The Earth screen saver displays an image of the Earth as currently illuminated by the Sun

The Earth screen saver displays an image of the Earth as currently illuminated by the Sun, from a variety of viewpoints.  You can view the Earth from the Sun (day side), the night side, from the Moon, or from an arbitrary altitude above any point on the globe specified by latitude and longitude.  Day and night regions of the globe are shown based on the current date and time.  The image of the Earth shifts location on the screen every 10 minutes to avoid burning in the phosphor in one location.  The Earth Screen Saver is available exclusively for 32-bit Windows systems such as Windows 95/98/Me and Windows NT/2000/XP.
 The Earth Screen Saver is in the public domain.  You can do anything you like with it. The images are generated based on the cloudless Earth databases created by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from the MODIS instrument onboard the Terra satellite.  The image of the Earth by night is based on nine months of observation by the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.  For further information and additional images, visit the NASA Earth Observatory site.
 Downloading and Installation  After you've downloaded the program archive, extract the files in it with Info-ZIP or a compatible archive extract program, and follow the instructions in the included README.TXT file to install, configure, and activate the screen saver on your system.
  Source Code  Experienced C programmers who wish to modify the screen saver or simply look under the hood to see how it works may download the source code.  You're welcome to use this source code in any way you like, but absolutely no support is provided for it—you're entirely on your own. Note that the bitmaps included in the source code archive are reduced resolution and colour gamut images prepared expressly for this screen saver.  If you're looking for cloudless Earth images for other applications, you're better off starting with the higher resolution, 24 bit per pixel images available from the aforementioned NASA site.
  Prior Releases Remain Available  Release 3.1 of the Earth Screen Saver was built in July 2006 using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.  Some programs built with this development system will not run on some early versions of 32-bit Windows (Windows 95 and Windows 98); if you encounter problems installing the program on such a system, you might try one of the prior releases, all of which remain available.
 The current release is a large (more than 4 Mb) program which consumes substantial CPU resources to render the image of the Earth.  Users of older machines with modest memory and CPU capacity by present-day standards may prefer to install release 2.0a, which uses a lower resolution topographical map of the Earth from which it synthesises a subdued night side image, avoiding the need for a separate night side database. For further details, please visit the Release 2.0a page.


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