World Air Traffic Over 24 Hours

A fellow cacher sent this to me today and I found it so fascinating I had to share. This is a 24 hour observation of all of the large aircraft flights in the world, condensed down to 1:11.

From space we look like a bee hive of activity.   What you will see, is a video showing air traffic around the world for 24 hours, taken from a satellite. You won’t believe this!  The yellow dots are airplanes in the sky during a 24 hour period.

Stay with the picture.  You will see the light of the day moving from the east to the west, as the Earth spins on its axis.  Also you will see the aircraft flow of traffic leaving the North American continent and traveling at night to arrive in the UK in the morning.  Then you will see the flow changing, leaving the UK in the morning and flying to the American continent in daylight.

This is something that everyone should see.  For us old-timers it is really fascinating.  For our children/ grandchildren it provides a superb learning moment and an opportunity to open up what could be a very
interesting discussion.  This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen.    It surpasses the “World at Night” poster that NatGeo (I think) published about 20 years ago and my “America at Night” coffee mug.

How many people do YOU think are in the sky at any given moment?

You can tell it was spring time in the north by the sun s foot print over the planet.  You could see that it didn t set for long in the extreme north and it didn’t quite rise in the extreme south.  I have never seen this
before. We are taught about the earth’s tilt and how it causes summer and winter and we have had to imagine just what is going on.   With this 24 hour observation of aircraft travel on the earth s surface we get to see the daylight pattern move as well.  Remember watch the day to night…..Day  is over in  Australia when it starts.

I’m not sure exactly where it came from, hopefully Google will tell me tonight, but in the meantime enjoy:

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