I can't believe I'd never seen this before. My housemate Alok showed this to me yesterday. Panoramas.dk is probably one of the world's foremost websites for super high quality panorama photos.
For instance, the only high quality known panorama of what it's like at the Summit of Mount Everest:
Definitely click through to see the full panorama
, it is breathtaking. Apparently this was taken with 3 exposures stitched together. Over a hundred people have died trying to climb this mountain just to see this sight.
A few other amazing ones -- ever seen a sunrise on a snowy beach in Denmark? This one is especially remarkable because you can't observe the observer.
Or how about a panorama of what Neil Armstrong saw on the surface of the moon
? Along with nice audio of exactly what went over the radios during that famed Apollo 11 flight.
Whether it is the zen nature of an observerless observer or the sheer visual splendor of places you may never go... I for one am a fan of panoramas. If deepening our appreciation for life and art can be brought by a dedication to truer representations of experience, then panoramas are just one of many artistic mediums to achieve that.