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Air traffic visualisation

Air traffic visualisation. Computer artwork of air traffic over the USA. This image is one frame from an animation of air traffic over a 24-hour period. Air traffic data from the US Federal Aviation Administration (Fa) was plotted using a programming language called Processing and animated using Adobe After Effects and Maya. Plot colour and size were assigned based on aircraft type, location and altitude. This frame shows flight activity over the east coast of USA (right), west coast (left), central USA (centre), Florida and the Caribbean (lower right). The full animation reveals up to 19, 000 aircraft flying over the USA at any one time. Created by Aaron Koblin, design and media arts researcher, University of California, USA

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This print showcases a mesmerizing visualisation of air traffic over the United States. Created by Aaron Koblin, a design and media arts researcher at the University of California, this computer artwork is one frame from an animation that spans a 24-hour period. Using data from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Koblin plotted the flight paths using Processing, a programming language, and animated them with Adobe After Effects and Maya. The image reveals an intricate network of flights covering different regions of the country. The east coast dominates the right side, while the west coast can be seen on the left. In between lies central USA, with Florida and the Caribbean visible in the lower right corner. Each aircraft's type, location, and altitude are represented through assigned colors and sizes. The full animation exposes an astonishing sight: up to 19,000 aircraft flying simultaneously across America's skies. This complex visualization demonstrates both technological prowess and artistic skill as it brings together elements of computer graphics, algorithms, connectivity analysis, and computational power. By combining digital information with creative flair, this artwork offers viewers a unique perspective on air travel patterns within North America. It serves as a testament to our ability to harness technology for both practical purposes like transportation management as well as aesthetic endeavors such as graphic design and illustration.

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