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Real-time Sunlight Earth Wallpaper for Ubuntu Linux

Watch the sun rise and set all over the world on this real-time, computer-generated illustration of the earth's patterns of sunlight and darkness on your Ubuntu desktop. The clouds are updated every 3 hours with current weather satellite imagery.

And every half hour, these images are composited and mapped onto a sphere by xplanet according to the relative position of the sun. The flat maps are post-processed by ImageMagick to cut off the 15 degrees nearest the north and south poles where cloud data is unavailable.

4 different types of maps: Mercator, Peters, Mollweide, Equirectangular
Dawn to dusk
Moon Phase

Read more about how the maps are created here: World Sunlight Map: How it works

Open up the terminal Application > Accessories > Terminal and type following command
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:realtime.sunlight.wallpaper/rsw
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install gtk-sunlight
Launch from: Applications > Accessories > Real-time Sunlight Wallpaper


vasiauvi said...

Waw, this is really great!

Yossarian UK said...

Its cool but KDE4 has something like this 'out the box'

Anonymous said...

Pointer error with the fully updated Ubuntu.

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