You can select a Living Earth mode to simulate a view from space (sans clouds) which even shows city lights during the night.OSXplanet is a Cocoa program that is based on the popular program xplanet (by Hari Nair).To create this stunning effect, the phase of the moon and reflectiveness of the Earth's surface are used to determine correct coloring of the image.
Earth Desk gives you numerous options for configuring the map images placed on your desktop.Launching the application will instantly replace your desktop's background with a high-resolution image of our planet.As previously stated, the image updates itself constantly, showing you the night and day cycle in real time.This much more wallet-friendly utility calculates Earth’s current sun and moon illumination, updates it at regular intervals, and displays this image as your desktop wallpaper.I’ve read comments on Version Tracker from people naming other products they think are better because the other applications have features like current cloud conditions and weather info, and they can zoom in to quite high resolution. Those applications either run just like most any other application with the graphics in a window floating above your desktop, or they act as a screen saver. Unique to Earth Desk is accurate rendering of moonlight on the Living Earth satellite map. Earthdesk automatically conforms its maps to the aspect ratio of your screen, for a perfect fit with adjustable zoom control.It replaces your old and boring desktop with an image of our planet, which constantly updates, to show you the night and day zones, clouds and more. The setup package for Windows is about 25 MB large.You may spend some time downloading the file if your Internet connection is not fast enough, but it will take less than a minute to install the application.Sure, there are utilities like Saver Lab that let you run a screen saver as your wallpaper, but Saver Lab can only do this on the newest Macs, it requires Jaguar, and it eliminates your ability to work with icons on the desktop.Earth Desk, on the other hand, is simply a dynamically updating wallpaper image and can run on any Power Mac.