Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Sun Rises on Planet Earth

This is a clever animated map showing the slow eastward movement of the sun around the world during one day. The map also animates through the locations of Twitter messages, which include the word 'sunrise', sent during the same day .

The Sunrise Around the World map shows a flashing yellow line of Tweets following the start of the day around the world, as people react with joy to the sudden appearance of the morning sun. Although it must be said that there are also a lot of Twitter users talking about the sunrise at other times of the day.

(BTW - I tried swapping out 'sunrise' for 'sunset; in the URL and it looks like the inevitable sunset map has yet to be released).

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