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Interactive 360-degree panoramic photo from atop WTC spire offers stunning enlargeable views

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This image provided by Time Inc. shows the cover of the March 17, 2014 issue of Time Magazine, featuring a panoramic photo taken from atop 1 World Trade Center in New York. The image is made up of 567 images taken over the course of five hours and stitched together. The camera was attached to a 13-foot long aluminum pole and mounted just 10 feet below the tip of the 1,776 tall structure. (AP Photo/Time Inc., Jonathan D. Woods and Michael Franz) MANDATORY CREDIT. IMAGE MUST BE PUBLISHED IN ITS ORIGINAL FORM WITH NO CROPPING (The Associated Press)

A new interactive photo has been taken from the spire of the nearly completed 1 World Trade Center. It offers stunning 360-degree views of the New York City metropolitan area that can be enlarged to bring up incredible detail.

Time magazine posted the image on its website Thursday.

Users can pan across the photo and zoom in tight on the cityscape without losing any clarity.

Time got exclusive access to the tower's spire from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site.

It took eight months to design and construct a 13-foot-long rotating arm. Then a camera with a 100-millimeter lens was mounted on it.

The camera produced hundreds of pictures that were stitched together digitally into a single panoramic image.

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