In the words of Steve Jobs, this is insanely great.
Thanks for the complement! Cesium has certainly come a long way in the last few years but we haven’t even accomplished half of everything we want to do. Hopefully a year from now 1.8 will look like a drop in the bucket.
I noticed that when the terrain is on the water has some nice animation effects, along with bump mapping, way cool!
Entering viewer.scene.globe.enableLighting = true; into the console makes the terrain look even better, especially as the sun sets and rises. Though once the Sun is below -20 degrees altitude the atmosphere coloring should disappear entirely giving way to a sky full of stars. I hope terrain shadows are still on the roadmap, for added lighting realism.