A view of the Earth, as seen from the Sun.
Used in Days-as-dots demo.
2004 monthly images:
Add design discussion. Including: Why a bump map?
Permit rotating Earth on axis. Altering date. Spin on mouseover.
Bogosity compensation: For 2004's "other years differ" and "average", link to nasa interactive snow cover page, so folks can see for themselves. For clouds and sea ice, link to a reference image or realtime site.
Earth relief map license: I didn't find one that was open content and minimally colored. Could nudge CoML to clarify its license. Could generate one from ETOP1. Googling turns up another with unclear permissions: Josef Pelikán's earthbw. And hopeless earthbump.
Earth relief map: Generate one to bedrock, instead of more ephemeral ice. Better red than blue, as less misconception prone? And linear in height, to avoid misconception enhancement.
Add sea ice to 2004 images.
Extend seasonal images beyond 2004. MODIS MOD10CM (monthly snow cover since 2000) and MOD29xxx (daily sea ice since ???).
Realtime synthesis of a 2004-like globe, with sea ice, and togglable clouds.