Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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This video is a visualization of the northern European airspace returning to full air traffic use after being closed due to volcanic ash. Due to varying ash density across Europe, the first flights can be seen in some areas on the 18th and by the 20th everywhere is open. There are a few gaps (erm, France) and no coverage over the Atlantic, but the picture is still clear.

The flight data is courtesy of and covers a large fraction of Europe. Map data is CC-by-SA and contributors. CC-by-SA visualization was produced by with support from


  1. #1 Cristina
    April 29, 2010

    That’s actually pretty! 🙂

  2. #2 SimonG
    April 29, 2010

    Quite fascinating, and the music’s a good fit.

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