Realistic planet Earth for 3ds max requiring at least version 5, no addition plugins needed.
-Sun with light flare effect
-High resolution textures for the atmosphere and land, suitable for close shots
-Visible atmosphere layers at the horizon
-Water shine effect even through the rivers and lakes
-Sun set effect on the border between day and night side of the Earth responding dynamically of the sun position
-Night side with lighten cities, also responding on the sun position
-You can change some materials settings through seven sliders, which I decided that could be handle and of course the all of them you can change through the material editor.
Note: To see the sliders you must activate some of the orthographic views (like: left, right, top, user, etc.) and to manipulate them you must activate 'Select and Manipulate' tool.
-Earth-textures1.zip and Earth-textures2.zip - extract the textures in the same folder where the max file is!