Lighting the Solar System - Omnidirectional light source (Sun)
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I am creating a model of the Solar system and am trying to create a light source that appears like it is coming from the Sun. I have a spherical surface centered around the origin but when I place a light source within it the light of course cannot escape the spheres interior. I have tried altering the spheres transparency and surface properties with no luck, I am by no means an expert in lighting and surfaces so if anybody has experience I would greatly appreciate it!
Ahmed A. Selman on 14 Apr 2013
I don't know really if Matlab is used for such tasks, but haven't you tried Simulink for easier handling of the problem? Such graphic tasks are made easy using the virtual reality modeling language (VRML). There is a reference model that comes with Simulink in
which exactly uses the idea you mentioned, and can be easily edited to include the texture of the sun as the image you posted. The rest, particularly the lighting of the planets, is all pre-set.