• January 06, 2013
  • Blender 2.6x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: blurredmotion
  • License: CC-0
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There are a lot of earths floating around here at the minute, but none of them suited my licensing needs or practical needs, so I made my own and thought I'd share with everyone else.

I'm always wary about using anything but CC0 in projects like music videos and corporate films, as there's nowhere to credit the asset maker, so I usually avoid such things.

Anyway, the model. Simple sphere with a couple of earth textures provided by Nasa. I used the Blenderguru tutorial as a guide, but adapted it for Cycles:

I've now updated the model to show the lights on the dark side of the planet. Uses the compositor to mask out the light side of earth with the glossy indirect pass, meaning the lights have been added to an additional earth model on a separate layer. I've also moved the atmosphere to a separate layer so you can adjust it individually. With all these objects making up the earth, it could be a bit tricky to actually move/rotate it without missing something, so I've added an empty to control them all.

Hope this is useful to someone out there.


  • tribs profile picture

    Great model and thank you for the CC0!

    I've seen some of the most ridiculous blends with CCby. Like you I'm thinking do I really want to find room in my project to credit 'Tooth brush bristles by XYZ'. Not if I want to maintain a level of professionalism.

    Edited January 06, 2013
  • blurredmotion profile picture

    It would be ok in a traditional film situation, where I have room for credits, but a lot of the work I do simply doesn't have any room/place/time for giving such credit, making it difficult/impossible for me to use anything other than CC0. Toothbrush bristles is a bit much though ha ha.

    Can't take too much credit for the model, used the layered sphere method Andrew Price used in his tutorial. Most of my work was making the Cycles shaders.

    Edited January 07, 2013
  • holmen profile picture

    I'm the same. CC0 almost all my blendswap stuff. Just because I myself need CC0 stuff and to keep it simple for others.

    Edited January 06, 2013
  • blurredmotion profile picture

    Exactly, like to keep things simple. Also, kudos on Our New World, great short film.

    Written January 07, 2013
  • blurredmotion profile picture

    Yeeaaahh, the textures are pretty big, you could scale them down if you're just after wide shots of the earth...

    Written January 07, 2013
  • GreyWulf profile picture

    Really nice looking, but the two earths (day and night) seem to be competing with each other. I can't see how to achieve the nice blend between the two.

    Written January 22, 2014
  • blendglory profile picture

    thanks for making it cc0 even though i like to credit :D


    Written January 02, 2015
  • BismuthMusic profile picture

    Curious, just started blender today, what is cc0? does that mean free/public license?

    Written December 19, 2015
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    Written February 28, 2017
  • cgmex profile picture

    Thanks!!! sometime you just forget to who give the credit, well, happens to me...but i haven´t done anything commercial, i'm learning and i don´t want anyone sue me, i don´t have the money...

    Written January 21, 2016
  • sonicdee profile picture

    Are the textures also ccby0, can't find the usageterms on nasa's website... or where?

    Written September 12, 2016
  • elbriga profile picture

    Thank you! Excellent model.

    Written December 03, 2016
  • FalgorOne profile picture

    Thanks! I used it here:

    Written August 12, 2018
  • rpsonic profile picture

    Thanks a lot for this!

    Written October 10, 2018
  • KAVIN RC profile picture

    super realistic,thank you so much!!!

    Written June 13, 2020