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A lot of people loved the real-time Earth (Globe) wallpaper for Linux and probably some might have wanted to use that on Windows too. Well, there is an application for Windows which does just that. Read on!

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Desktop Earth is a free, high-resolution wallpaper generator of accurate representation of the Earth. The image is based on NASA's Blue Marble Next and Earth's City Lights.

Day and night is accurately represented depending on the Sun's overhead position (which depends on both the time of day and the day of the year) and both the snow cover and the foliage changes with the seasons. Although the cloud cover only renews itself every 3 hours, you might be able to find a server faster than those built into the Desktop Earth and apply this for quicker generation. The illuminated surface of the Earth updates every minute though, so it's great for finding out where the Sun is concentrated at any given moment.

Desktop Earth features:

-2 display options: active desktop item for a single monitor in a multi-monitor system and a regular wallpaper.
- the image can be centered based on your computer's current time zone.
- enable disable the clouds overlay and also you are able to set the cloud thickness
- day image can be selected based on current date or any other date
- specify the update interval

Setting the application to update the wallpaper every 5 minutes only uses about ~3 mb of RAM so it should work on almost every computer.

Download Desktop Earth for Windows (Free)