Stunning panoramic photo taken atop WTC spire

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 6, 2014 at 11:29 am •  Published: March 6, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — A new interactive photo taken from the spire of the nearly completed World Trade Center tower offers stunning 360-degree views that can be zoomed in and out.

The high-resolution image, taken by Time magazine, was posted on its website Thursday.

Users can pan across the photo and zoom in tight on the cityscape, including landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, without losing any clarity.

Time said it got exclusive access to the tower's spire from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site. It took eight months to design and construct a 13-foot rotating arm to which a camera with a 100-millimeter lens was mounted, the magazine said on its website. It worked on the project with Portland, Ore.-based GigaPan Systems, mechanical engineers and welders.

"Over a five-hour span of orbital shooting on Sept. 28, 2013, the camera produced 567 pictures that were then stitched together digitally into a single massive — and zoomable — image of everything the eye can see in all directions," according to the website.

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