Planes Over Swarthmore

Photo by AV8PIX

Institutional research offices are typically known as “clearinghouses” for information on their campuses.  Well, this morning I am proud to say that with WolframAlpha’s help, we are able to start tracking yet another important higher ed metric:  planes overhead.

If you enter “planes overhead” into the WolframAlpha search box, you will see a listing of planes flying over the location of your IP address.

Searching from my office on campus, I can see 5 planes flying over Swarthmore right now, including a NetJets flight at 15,000 feet.  Maybe Roger Federer asked his pilot if he could take a closer look at the Adirondack chair!

You can read more about this feature on WolframAlpha’s Tumblr.