Update 30.10.2018 - packed file, no textures, everything else is there
Atmosphere05_ani02_small_noTex.blend (4.3 MB)
Update 30.09.2017 - new file link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4lua7lclwx0yow2/Atmosphere05_ani02Packed.blend?dl=0
I tried this in many render engines over the years, but for now blender / cycles is the only one that managed to render it:
the bend file is for some reason too big to upload, so i post the node-tree of the atmo-shader.
The textures are from NASA / the realistic earth tutorial from blenderguru (and the sea color raised in photoshop)
Apart from that the renders are straight out of blender (no post, but filmic color profile)
It is far from perfect - the atmosphere is too high, and it won’t work well from ground level (unless you let it render for a day maybe), still impressive what cycles can do.
I guess the file is too big as i applied the subd on the spheres (earth, clouds and atmo) - if there is interest, i can upload it to wetransfer or similar…