24 hours of air traffic in 4 seconds

8/25/2016 8:38:08 AM

On an average day, about 100,000 flights take off and land every day across the world. This creates a huge and hard to imagine amount of daily traffic. The European Space Agency (ESA) created an animated map that shows what 100,000 flights per day look when projected in just four seconds.

ESA created the map based on a simulation of the route of every commercial flight over a 24-hour period based on arrival and departure data from the FlightStats website. Each flight is represented by a tiny yellow dot. In the animated map, the US and Europe become a sea of yellow during daylight hours. In Asia, significant air travel is seen in the Far East – particularly in China and Japan. Africa sees much lower volumes of air travel.

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Image by ESA

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