Xplanet view of Hurricane Dean

I’m a big fan of Xplanet and every year during the hurricane season there’s no better way to liven up your desktop than to download the latest cloud maps and watch the path of the storm.

Here’s a screenshot of my desktop showing hurricane dean:

I cron a script to download the latest cloud maps every 4 hours or so. The xplanet command I run is as follows:

xplanet -origin sun -north orbit \
        -config xplanet.conf -label \
        -marker_file brightStars \
        -target earth \
        -latitude 22 \
        -longitude -78 \
        -radius 30 \
        -labelpos +30+30

Here’s my xplanet.conf: