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Scientists produce a more realistic representation

Scientists produce a more realistic representation

We are accustomed to visualizing maps, and in the midst of this habit, we can sometimes forget that a map is actually a flat representation of a sphere, or rather, Geoid They prefer to contact experts.

For this reason, it is common to have distortions in representations. Therefore, as technology advances, cartography, the field responsible for creating maps, follows this progress. Thus, scientists are increasingly making better maps.

A team of astrophysicists from Princeton University in the US is revolutionizing cartography by presenting a reworked version of the flat map of the Earth.

New map of Earth

This new map promises to offer a radically different perspective on the world as we know it.

The project is gaining great importance amid the realization that there is no perfect representation of our planet, due to the difficulty of converting a three-dimensional surface into a two-dimensional plane.

The complexity of this challenge led cartographers to use various mathematical techniques, known as cartographic projections, to depict the Earth's surface as accurately as possible.

However, even the most famous maps, e.g Mercator projection and Robinson projection, introduce significant distortions, especially with regard to the size and shape of land masses.

In search of a more accurate version, Princeton researchers developed a new version of the flat map of the Earth, based on the Winkel-Trippel projection. look at the picture:

The map was created based on the Winkel-Tripel projection – Image: Strebe/Wikimedia Common/Reproduction

This display, designed by Oswald Winckel and improved by Heinrich Triebel, has the advantage of minimizing distortions in area and providing a fairer representation of different parts of the world.

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By applying the Winkel-Triple projection, astrophysicists have produced a map that minimizes several types of distortions, including the equidistant azimuthal projection.

This most accurate map is accurate in displaying Antarctica, Australia, and distances across the oceans and poles.

The researchers assert that this approach represents a major advance in mapping, and provides a more faithful depiction of the Earth.

Moreover, new opportunities are available to understand and explore our planet in ways that were not possible before.

For all this new a map It promises not only to redefine our view of the world, but also to inspire further discoveries and explorations on a global scale.