Tuesday, June 29, 2010

First Ever Global Gravity Model of Earth

If you could see gravity, this map is what the world would look like. Conceptually; if the earth was completely covered by water this map would show the highest and lowest points (or furthest and closet points from the center of the earth) you could get floating on the surface of the water. Expect better detailed maps in the coming months.

Picture embedded below.

"The sleek and sexy-looking GOCE satellite has provided a new, finely detailed look at Earth's gravity – in high definition. This is the first-ever global gravity model and is based on just two months of data from the low-flying GOCE. "GOCE is delivering where it promised: in the fine spatial scales," GOCE Mission Manager Rune Floberghagen said. "We have already been able to identify significant improvements in the high-resolution 'geoid', and the gravity model will improve as more data become available."

GOCE stands for Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer.

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