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Are you a big fan of having images of Earth set as your desktop wallpaper? If so then Desktop Earth is definitely something you’ll want to checkout. This free app will rotate your desktop wallpaper on an interval that you specify, and things such as the sunlight will be reflected across the map based upon the time of day.

The program uses maps provided by NASA as the source, and it includes several different viewing options:

  • Adjust the amount of cloud cover
  • View city lights (regular or “abundant”)
  • Moonlit surfaces
  • Simple shadows (basically no city lights)

It’s nothing extravagant, but is pretty darn cool. The best part may be that it only uses about 3MB when running… so you can get a cool dynamic wallpaper without compromising a lot of system resources.

Desktop Earth Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)