There's an orthographic projection of Earth at that tries to handle distortions in a different way -- by allowing the user to change the viewing angle using the mouse.

Orthographic projects have the property that the area of least distortion is always at the very center of the map. By exploring the Earth this way we can more readily determine the relative size of things.

Great article, thanks for sharing those gorgeous historical maps. I love them.

Princeps geographus, Read Write Tools

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