# Orthographic map projection

## Azimuthal perspective map projection / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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**Orthographic projection in cartography** has been used since antiquity. Like the stereographic projection and gnomonic projection, orthographic projection is a perspective (or azimuthal) projection in which the sphere is projected onto a tangent plane or secant plane. The *point of perspective* for the orthographic projection is at infinite distance. It depicts a hemisphere of the globe as it appears from outer space, where the horizon is a great circle. The shapes and areas are distorted, particularly near the edges.[1][2]

Azimuthal perspective map projection

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