I didn’t realize how much trash is orbiting the earth until I saw this interactive satellite site.
From Barry via BoingBoing, which says only this about the site:
“This low earth orbit visualization tool allows users to see satellites all over the world. You can click on a satellite to see details about it, or you can perform a search using specific filters. During my time playing with the site, I saw 19,165 satellites. Zoom in and out to see the orbit from any perspective.”
First, the credits they give:
Then click on the screenshot, which shows what’s up there above us, to play with the site
Here’s what I found you can do in just a short look:
- Click on any satellite and see what it is and who put it up
- Move the Earth around to see what’s where
- Distinguish between debris (there’s a lot of it!), rocket bodies, satellites, beams (whatever they are;they seem to come from the U.S. and New Zealand), and other stuff
- Search for satellites by name
- Filter satellites by perigee, country of orgin, object type, and so on.
You may tire of this quickly, as I did, but it’s still astounding that there’s so much crap orbiting the Earth. It’s a wonder these things don’t run into each other! (Yes, I know that space is big and the elevations differ.)