Desktop Earth

Desktop Earth 2.1.1

Keep an eye on Planet Earth from your desktop

The Earth is probably the best planet I've ever been to, so I like to keep abreast of what's going on in the world. I found this desktop background great for monitoring cloud cover, the advance of day and night and noctornal lights around the globe. View full description

PROS

  • Shows daylight across the Earth in real time
  • High quality imagery
  • Displays night-time lights

CONS

  • Doesn't let you rotate the image
  • Cloud cover only updates every 3 hours

Very good
8

The Earth is probably the best planet I've ever been to, so I like to keep abreast of what's going on in the world. I found this desktop background great for monitoring cloud cover, the advance of day and night and noctornal lights around the globe.

Although the cloud cover only renews itself every 3 hours, you might be able to find a server faster than those built into the Desktop Earth and apply this for quicker generation.

The illuminated surface of the Earth updates every minute though, so it's great for finding out where the Sun is concentrated at any given moment.

I would have liked to have seen a few more options, such as the ability to rotate the image on your desktop, but on the whole Desktop Earth provides a decent solar clock, a rudimentary weather chart and, more importantly, a stunning view from your desktop.

Desktop Earth is a wallpaper generator. It will generate a high-resolution, accurate representation of the Earth. The imagery is based on NASA's Blue Marble Next and Earth's City Lights.

Day and night is accurately represented depending on the Sun's overhead position (which depends on both the time of day and the day of the year) and both the snow cover and the foliage changes with the seasons.

Desktop Earth

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Desktop Earth 2.1.1

— User reviews — about Desktop Earth

  • rochelled

    by rochelled

    "Install problems"

    I love my desktop with the earth on it. It won't stay on my computer. Every time I shut down I have to come back to th... More.

    reviewed on July 13, 2010

  • DocsLeiLani

    by DocsLeiLani

    "Earth Is Beautiful"

    I have had this on my desktop since July 3rd 2009 when I discovered it searching the web. My husband and teenage daughte... More.

    reviewed on July 6, 2009

  • "Mr COOL"

    Absolutely stunning views of this great planet, a must have for any human... That is all... More.

    reviewed on March 30, 2009

  • jolimet

    by jolimet

    "elements from afar"

    This view we are privileged to view continuously is truly amazing, I never tire of seeing it and I hope it continues wit... More.

    reviewed on September 27, 2008