Earth (with clouds, atmosphere and city lights)

  • April 22, 2018
  • 657 Downloads
  • 10 Likes
  • Blender 2.7x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: fxman4u
  • License: CC-0
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Description:

There are numerous earth scenes available already, so why another one?

My version offers some features, that most other earth models don't have: 1. It shows the city lights on the shadow side only. Depending on the orientation of the sunlight the city lights texture will only be rendered on the non-lit side of the planet. No scripts, drivers or compositing nodes were used, just some shader tricks. 2. The stars in the background are not a texture, but generated by a particle system, making them appear crisp and sharp. Their number and brightness can be easily adjusted.

I used high resolution (16k) textures from NASA for believable results from wide angle to medium shots. Clouds and atmosphere layers are included and can be rendered as separate Renderlayers. By default, only the "Beauty" layer is activated, which doesn't contain clouds, atmosphere and stars. If you want all of those elements rendered in only one layer, just enable "Stars", "Atmosphere" and "Clouds" layers for the "Beauty_Lr" Renderlayer.

Comments:

  • Atom profile picture
    Atom

    F12 render does not produce the results shown in your posted image. There are no clouds, atmosphere or stars in the final render using 2.79.

    Written May 13, 2018
  • fxman4u profile picture
    fxman4u

    The render output is separated into different Renderlayers for more flexibility in the postproduction. By default, only the "Beauty" layer is activated, which doesn't contain clouds, atmosphere and stars. If you want all of those elements rendered in only one layer, just enable "Stars", "Atmosphere" and "Clouds" layers for the "Beauty_Lr" Renderlayer.

    Written May 31, 2018
  • FrankRsayre profile picture
    FrankRsayre

    Thank you so much, I have been looking for the right atmosphere soft edge and you nailed it, Thank you again for sharing!

    Written September 06, 2019
  • snovak profile picture
    snovak

    Unfortunately, doesn't work in Eevee.

    Written September 08, 2020
  • Tconner profile picture
    Tconner

    you can sort by render engine

    Written February 03, 2021