Nope, it’s not an animal.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a nadir as:

The point on the celestial sphere directly below an observer.

(The opposite of zenith)

Nadir and Zenith diagram

The nadir is the direction pointing directly below a particular location whereas the zenith points directly below.

360 images will often capture mounts the camera is attached to in the nadir or zenith areas; tripods, helmets, drones, etc.

In some cases, the 360-degree camera have blind-spots in the nadir and zenith area that are filled in during stitching.

Similarly, more advanced software, notably Google Street View, can seemingly remove entire cars from the nadir by blurring the area using the surrounding terrain.

Google also allows Street View trusted photographers to overlay their own branding in the nadir and zenith areas of their photos.

The GoPro Fusion’s and MAX’s we use with our trekker pack do have a partial blind spot in the nadir and zenith area – evident in the “join lines” between the stitched photograph… but we still have enough space to point viewers and passers-by to trekview.org.

Perhaps that’s how you found us?

David Greenwood

Professional explorer.