xplanet (desktop background)

Renders an image-mapped picture of Earth (or other planets) as your background

http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/

Also has support for mapping a "cloud layer" onto the Earth, using real time(!) visible image data from satellites (eg. GOES). It can do a ton of other stuff too, including plotting satellite tracks, earthquake locations and magnitudes, city names, etc.

Available for unix and Windows.

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