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August 10, 2009

24 hours of world air traffic — in 1 minute

From the YouTube caption: "A 24-hour observation of all the large aircraft flights in the world (from airplane flight transponders via geostationary orbital satellites) patched together and condensed to about a minute. You can see it is summer in the north by the location of sunlight on the planet.  With this 24-hour observation of aircraft travel on the earth's surface, we also get to see the daylight pattern move across the planet. Note the intensity of traffic at London's Heathrow Airport. Notice the reduction of activity in each region during the darkness of late night/early morning."

[via Milena]

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I love how Japan and Hawaii seem to have some sort of passenger exchange program. It looks like the air traffic only goes one way at a time.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Aug 10, 2009 10:40:19 PM

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