On 8/27/10 11:39 AM, Brian Larsen wrote:
Ben,

I have but no where in there do I see (or at least understand) how to draw a map on top of a current figure with set bounds in data space...

Cheers,

Brian

Brian: Something like this perhaps?

from pylab import *
from mpl_toolkits.basemap import Basemap
lons = linspace(0, 360, 361)
lats = 40.*ones(len(lons))
map = Basemap(projection='ortho',lon_0=270,lat_0=90.)
x,y = map(lons,lats)
map.plot(x,y,color='y')
map.bluemarble(scale=0.5)
show()

-Jeff

On Aug 27, 2010, at 11:24 AM, Benjamin Root wrote:

On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 12:11 PM, Brian Larsen wrote:
Hello all,

I am plotting satellite orbit files and it looks really nice to plot an Earth in the center with the continents on it to orient people to where the spacecraft is.  Does anyway know how to do this?  All I seem to be able to do is create a whole globe as the figure.

In this simple example:

from pylab import *
r = ndarray(40)
r[:] = 3.3
rad = linspace(0, 2*pi, 40)
figure()
subplot(111, polar=True)
plot(rad, r, lw=3)
draw()

wouldn't it look great to have the earth plotted in the space up to 1.0 (as measured in earth radii)?

Thanks much,

Brian

Have you checked out the basemap tool?

http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/basemap/doc/html/

Ben Root

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