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[GIF] Dig In (Stereographic image of concentric circles)

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Stereographic image of concentric circles

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Similar to Interference: in this case, I'm just taking the stereographic images of concentric circles centered at $(0,0,1)$ on the sphere. It's a simple calculation to see that the circle of (spherical) radius $r$ centered at the north pole is mapped by stereographic projection to a circle of radius $\frac{\sin r}{1-\cos r}$ in the plane, so those are the circles actually shown in the animation.

Here's the code:

DynamicModule[{cols = {White, Black}, n = 48},
    Graphics[{cols[[1]], Thickness[.002], 
      Table[{Hue[(r + s)/(2 π) + .3], 
        Opacity[.2 (1 - Cos[r + s])], 
        Disk[{0, 0}, Sin[r + s]/(1 - Cos[r + s])]},
       {s, π/n, π, π/n}]},
     PlotRange -> 3, ImageSize -> 540, Axes -> None, 
     Background -> cols[[-1]]],
    {r, 0., -π/n - #, #}] &[-π/(40 n)]
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