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Mesmerizing flight visualizations over 24 hour periods

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The above air traffic visualization shows the incredible amount of planes coming and going from European airspace over the course of one summer day. It was created by NATS, an air traffic control services provider, and is fascinating to watch full-screen. Below, Middle East 24 showcases 24 hours of November 2013 air traffic across the Arabian Gulf:

The region has experienced incredible growth in air traffic over recent years. In fact Dubai has recently overtaken Heathrow as the world’s busiest international airport and at its current rate of growth is projected to handle nearly 100 million passengers per year by 2020. Whilst the growth is exciting, the airspace is becoming increasingly congested…

You can also watch the 2,524 flights that crossed over the North Atlantic over the course of a day in August 2013:

In the archives, more airplanes and more maps, including what’s beneath Earth’s largest ice sheet, and a planetary map of all six NASA spacecraft to reach Mars.

via Gizmodo.

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