How is it that such a miserable experience can look so beautiful from afar? The UK's National Air Traffic Service, a.k.a. NATS, helps some 2.2 million flights each year get through UK airspace—and with access to all of that international flight data, they turned 24 hours' worth of flights into a gorgeous video animation:
"European airspace is some of the busiest and most complex anywhere in the world," the organization writes on their blog. "Every day thousands of air traffic controllers guide millions of passengers safely to their destinations. Yet to most people, the choreography going on above them is entirely unnoticed." Probably because we're sitting inside of each of those glowing dots with not enough legroom, badly-behaved fellow passengers and not enough room in the overheads.