Every year, NORAD tracks Santa as he makes his trip around the globe on Christmas Eve. The NORAD Tracks Santa program is popular, receiving 19 million unique visitors last holiday season.
This year, as part of the NORAD Tracks Santa team, Analytical Graphics, Inc. used Cesium, an open-source WebGL virtual globe, to build a 3D web map for visualizing Santa’s location. The app goes live on December 24th at www.noradsanta.org. In the meantime, there is a tech write-up with screenshots showing the global terrain, imagery, and water. There are also instructions for making sure your computer will be able to run the app.
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There is a new project on Github that has made a 3D view for OpenLayers! It integrates AGI's new open source WebGL globe (Cesium) and uses the OpenLayers drawing & navigation tools to interact with the globe. Support for WMS layers and feature importing are next on the to-do list.
A live demo can be found here:
The source code is available here.