Back in June, I posted on getting an Ultra 10 and commented on the lack of a freeware program today comparable to XEarth back in the day. Well, awhile back, I finally found one that has a beautiful display of earth with the option to download current cloud maps and locations of storms. The application is called OSXplanet, and it’s a GUI wrapper by Gabriel Otte of an open source project called Xplanet.

The first thing you notice when starting the app is how nice the imagery of the earth is. The texture used to map on the earth has a fairly high resolution, so it looks great even on large monitors. The option to download storm locations made tracking the recent hurricane season easy. It’s also cool to watch storms cross the US in the cloud map.

Here’s a screenshot of it running on my Powerbook (covered slightly by a couple of other apps).