02 Apr '12, 12am

NASA presents mesmerizing visualization of Earth's ocean currents

A stunning new animated video produced by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Earth showcases the flow of the world's ocean currents swirling in a captivating splendor. The video, titled "Perpetual Ocean," takes an astronaut's view, as if the viewer is in a waltz-like dance orbiting around the Earth. The flow of the ocean currents in the presentation are derived from real data collected over two years spanning from 2005 to 2007. The visualization does not include a narration or annotations, but is accompanied by a hypnotic soundtrack. The music, together with the Van Gogh-esque swirls in the oceans , generates a mesmerizing, visceral experience for the viewer. Be prepared for the intense desire to press play again. Data for the video is based on the MIT general circulation model, which synthesizes satellite and in-situ dat...

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