This article was published on February 18, 2015

This visualization of the world’s airline flight traffic is mesmerizing


This visualization of the world’s airline flight traffic is mesmerizing
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Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

It’s easy to forget just how many planes are in the skies above us. Flight Stream, a startling WebGL visualization of global flight data, is a good reminder. Created by San Francisco-based British developer, Callum Prentice, it maps flights as pulsing dots on a zoomable, rotatable world.

The Web app allows you to change the speed and size of how flights are represented and the opacity of the trails they leave as they criss-cross the globe.

Prentice says the map currently shows routes based on data from Open Flights but hopes to use live info in a future version. Devs can take a look at his code and some other cool projects on GitHub.

Flight Stream

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