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If you can, watch this one full screen at max. resolution. Each dot is an aircraft.

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I think I can see my house from here!
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That was pretty cool. It's like we are a swarming bunch of insects.
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All that, and I still can't get a direct flight anywhere I want to go. shake
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tickmanfan wrote:
That was pretty cool. It's like we are a swarming bunch of insects.

"Like"?
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That was stinkin' awesome!

It was really interesting seeing which regions of the world had heavy traffic and which had essentially none...
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Yep. Americans swarm over to Europe, while Europeans swarm over to America. Maybe we should all try staying put this year and reduce our Carbon footprint.

Stephen Fry and Ron Weasley think so.

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What was also interesting were the really fast dots. Top secret miltary projects? UFOs? Superman? Who knows.

For example, at about 27 seconds there's one going from the heart of Russia westwards at about 5 times the speed of the all the other dots.
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I didn't see if there was a date on this or not...

(wondering if I was a dot on there somewhere... )
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col_w wrote:
Yep. Americans swarm over to Europe, while Europeans swarm over to America. Maybe we should all try staying put this year and reduce our Carbon footprint.

Stephen Fry and Ron Weasley think so.



Great. Now I'm dying to visit Britain and North Ireland!!


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Great. Now I'm dying to visit the UK!!!


Cool! Make sure you stop in and see me and we can play a few games
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jeffreyac wrote:
I didn't see if there was a date on this or not...

(wondering if I was a dot on there somewhere... )


It was uploaded in 2010, but was produced for a 2008 presentation. You can get more info here.
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col_w wrote:
Yep. Americans swarm over to Europe, while Europeans swarm over to America. Maybe we should all try staying put this year and reduce our Carbon footprint.

Stephen Fry and Ron Weasley think so.



I'm sold. I think I should start planning a Britain vacation ASAP! devil
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col_w wrote:
What was also interesting were the really fast dots. Top secret miltary projects? UFOs? Superman? Who knows.

For example, at about 27 seconds there's one going from the heart of Russia westwards at about 5 times the speed of the all the other dots.

That's probably the effect of the Mercator projection stretching the north polar region way out. I was thinking the same thing at first, but I noticed the fast (also stretched) dots were all going over the pole. (Sorry to disappoint.)
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col_w wrote:
What was also interesting were the really fast dots. Top secret miltary projects? UFOs? Superman? Who knows.

For example, at about 27 seconds there's one going from the heart of Russia westwards at about 5 times the speed of the all the other dots.


Anything that goes that far north will look like it is going super fast because of global-projection distortion... the distance from Russia to us over the arctic is much shorter than that map projection would make you think (ie, if the world were really a map glued to a cylinder).
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robigo wrote:
col_w wrote:
What was also interesting were the really fast dots. Top secret miltary projects? UFOs? Superman? Who knows.

For example, at about 27 seconds there's one going from the heart of Russia westwards at about 5 times the speed of the all the other dots.

That's probably the effect of the Mercator projection stretching the north polar region way out. I was thinking the same thing at first, but I noticed the fast (also stretched) dots were all going over the pole. (Sorry to disappoint.)


Great minds thinking alike again... clearly I was typing at the same time you were!
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Nope - I'm not talking about polar dots. Check the vid where I said earlier, the dot is at about the same height as the top of Scotland / bottom of Norway, but going about 5 times as fast as all the other ones at the same latitude. There's a few others throughout the vid too.
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col_w wrote:
Nope - I'm not talking about polar dots. Check the vid where I said earlier, the dot is at about the same height as the top of Scotland / bottom of Norway, but going about 5 times as fast as all the other ones at the same latitude. There's a few others throughout the vid too.


Ah, righty-ho. I see a couple of them now. Most unusual!
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col_w wrote:
Nope - I'm not talking about polar dots. Check the vid where I said earlier, the dot is at about the same height as the top of Scotland / bottom of Norway, but going about 5 times as fast as all the other ones at the same latitude. There's a few others throughout the vid too.


Ah, righty-ho. I see a couple of them now. Most unusual!


Hardly. That's International Rescue right there. Saving the day from another disaster.

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col_w wrote:
Nope - I'm not talking about polar dots. Check the vid where I said earlier, the dot is at about the same height as the top of Scotland / bottom of Norway, but going about 5 times as fast as all the other ones at the same latitude. There's a few others throughout the vid too.

Crazy—I see it now. I looked at the western USA for military flights (parts of Nevada and western Utah are military training grounds) and saw a couple glimpses of what may be similar fast flights, but there's too much general traffic to be sure.
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OK, that's it! No more looking at the fast dots!

Oh... and I'm going to need you all to look right here for a second...

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Re: Air traffic

Is that like a rule--that every aircraft has to place a yellow reflector on its top?
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