This Stunning Visualization of Air Traffic Over Europe Will Mesmerize You

Anyone who’s ever been to a really busy airport can guess how complex it must be to guide all those planes safely across the sky. But that’s just one airport; can you imagine an overview of all the flights that happen in one day?

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NATS Holdings, the main air navigation service provider in the UK, has visualized air traffic over Europe on a typical summer day, and the resulting video is a beauty to behold.

The video was created from real flight data, using two sources: UK radar data from June 21 and European flight plan information from July 28.

NATS’ senior press officer Paul Beauchamp shares some interesting statistics. On a typical July day, there are around 30,000 flights across European airspace. The total distance flown by these aircraft is 25 million nautical miles — long enough to make 104 trips to the Moon. Finally, the video above is 1440 times faster than real time.

Via NATS



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