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World’s Largest Panorama: 360-Degree, 320-Gigapixel View of London From BT Tower

by Adriana Lee | February 27, 2013February 27, 2013 1:00 pm PDT


Ever been to London? Well, you can view the city without the airfare or jet lag, thanks to this 360-degree, 320-gigapixel image taken from atop the city’s BT Tower.

The mondo panorama comes courtesy of 360Cities, a Prague-based panoramic photography firm, which shot 48,640 individual photos over three days. Using a supercomputer, it took three months just to process the pics and 200 hours of rendering time to stitch the images together. The end result is rich and amazingly intricate imagery, with a zoom tool that lets you eye details from up to six miles away.

The BT tower project is an impressive accomplishment. And at 320 gigapixels, it beats out the previous 281-gigapixel record for a 2012 electron micrograph of a zebrafish embryo.

How did it accomplish such an enormous task? Check out the news report taken during the epic shoot.

To see the full panorama for yourself, click here. (Can you spot the yellow Buzby bird? Three of these mascots are hidden in here somewhere.)


Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...