A week or so ago, I saw a blog post about a space-themed birthday party. The decorations are fantastic, including paper lantern planets:
That got me thinking: How about paper lanterns that really look like planets?
So, I started looking around for imagemaps of planets and, after a bunch of bad leads, I finally hit the jackpot:
They’ve got maps for several planets, both in a single image and as three separate images. The three-image sets are perfect for printing. You can scale them to fit onto a letter-sized sheet. I printed off Jupiter (cropping the poles a bit):
I wrapped the printouts around a plain white paper lantern and the end result is this:
It’d be nice to be able to close those gaps but the effect’s not too bad. Might be interesting to do a string of them with different planets. Saturn could be a bit of a challenge…