The Earth

A real time simulated view of the Earth

All views are calculated every handful of minutes with cloud cover updated eight times a day, all thanks to the power of Xplanet. The daylight background map is the Blue Marble monthly map, automatically rotated in place the first day of each month... Enjoy the changing vegetation and snow cover !

NO LONGER UPDATED SINCE APRIL 2019... Twenty years was a pretty good run. Alas the arrangement through which this script had complimentary access to the realtime cloud cover has come to an end - so, with no clouds, maintaining this free service is no fun anymore. Interested parties will find the realtime cloud map commercially available here. If you wish to fund a subscription, I'll gladly put this back in production. If you want to setup your own, a few dozen lines of primitive Bash are available to whoever asks me at

Views available :
1280x1024 800x600
The Americas The Americas (1280x1024) The Americas (800x600)
Asia - Pacific Asia - Pacific (1280x1024) Asia - Pacific (800x600)
Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Atlantic EMEA - Atlantic (1280x1024) EMEA - Atlantic (800x600)

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