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Every single satellite orbiting Earth, in a single image
BGR via yahoo ^ | March 6, 2014 | Zach Epstein

Posted on 03/07/2014 1:33:33 PM PST by bgill

Cell phones and in-dash navigation systems rely on GPS satellites, Dish and DirecTV obviously use satellite feeds, and satellite communications systems offered by the likes of Inmarsat and Iridium continue to proliferate across various industries. Just how crowded is it getting up there above the Earth’s atmosphere?

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TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: orbit; satellite; space

1 posted on 03/07/2014 1:33:33 PM PST by bgill
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To: bgill

Holy %#*& Batman!


2 posted on 03/07/2014 1:41:32 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

There goes the Launch Window.


3 posted on 03/07/2014 1:43:11 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You called?


4 posted on 03/07/2014 1:43:22 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: bgill
It's not as bad as it looks. The satellites, at this perspective, would be less than pin pricks on this picture. They are shown at thousands of times their actual size so you can see where they are.


5 posted on 03/07/2014 1:46:07 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: cuban leaf

6 posted on 03/07/2014 1:47:10 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: bgill

Satellite Hotel...No Vacancies!


7 posted on 03/07/2014 1:47:22 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: bgill
That visible ring must be the geostationary orbit.

8 posted on 03/07/2014 1:48:01 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BitWielder1

Yep.


9 posted on 03/07/2014 1:49:10 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: bgill

And that’s just the satellites, then there’s all the junk that’s come off of satellites and ships.


10 posted on 03/07/2014 1:51:21 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: BitWielder1

That visible ring must be the geostationary orbit.
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Indeed it is. What this tells us is that if we had good enough telescopes we could tell if the aliens have DirecTV. ;)


11 posted on 03/07/2014 1:52:50 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: bgill

What are the odds of two colliding?

Satellites are not that big, but the area they exist in is inconcievably huge.


12 posted on 03/07/2014 1:55:05 PM PST by PGR88
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To: bgill
That doesn't even have the biggest satellite...


13 posted on 03/07/2014 1:57:55 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: PGR88
What are the odds of two colliding?

It's happened once so far between a Russian satellite and an Iridium communication satellite.
14 posted on 03/07/2014 1:58:31 PM PST by plsvn
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To: bgill

Of course some of ours (western nations) are spy satellites...that goes without saying.But most are surely telephone,TV,radio,internet,etc units.OTOH you can be sure that 99% of China’s (and the USSR’s) satellites are for spying and jamming purposes.


15 posted on 03/07/2014 2:08:27 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: PoloSec
Satellite Hotel...No Vacancies!

Satellite Used Cars: Take One for a Spin!

16 posted on 03/07/2014 2:12:31 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: bgill
Wall-E Leaves Earth
17 posted on 03/07/2014 2:14:18 PM PST by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: bgill

This could all be cleaned up with the launch of a giant magnet....


18 posted on 03/07/2014 2:19:16 PM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: PGR88

I’m more worried about one crashing onto my head.


19 posted on 03/07/2014 2:24:05 PM PST by bgill
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To: PGR88
Satellites are not that big, but the area they exist in is inconcievably huge.

I don't think that word means what you think it means :-)

They always say that when two galaxies collide, the odds of even one collision between stars is near zero ...

Check:

Consider a slab of stars 10000 lys thick, each star with a diameter of 1000000 km = 10^9 m, and a separation of 10 ly or ~10^17 m.

So for each ly of thickness there's about ( 10^9/10^17)^2 = (10^-6)^2 or 10^-12 chance of a given star traversing this slab hitting a star in the slab. Well, times 10^5 lys gives 10^-7 chance for each star, so with billions of stars making the traverse expect hundreds of collisions! Check fails!

That's inconceivable!

20 posted on 03/07/2014 2:27:17 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: bgill

The bottom image shows asymmetry with satellites almost forming a “bowl”. I think that this may prove that North is “down”! :)


21 posted on 03/07/2014 2:30:04 PM PST by the_Watchman
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To: bgill

Wow


22 posted on 03/07/2014 2:32:12 PM PST by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: plsvn; PGR88
It's happened once so far ...

That was the last one. A French spy satellite lost contact, and they asked the Brits about it. The British equivalent of NORAD looked back over its records and found an occurrence of intersecting orbits.

It was determined that a dead satellite (also French, iirc) clipped the bottom of the spy bird, shearing part off, and sending it tumbling.

When you think about space being big, you have to remember that there are desirable orbits, and they do get crowded. Also, gravity sucks, and those objects get pulled down into much narrower "corridors", increasing the chances of collision.

Since global warming isn't happening, the atmosphere isn't expanding often to create drag on all the defunct objects and junk, to help to clean up some of the stuff.

23 posted on 03/07/2014 2:52:23 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: bgill

I saw that on WALL-E


24 posted on 03/07/2014 2:53:47 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: plsvn

They recorded the whole aftermath in Gravity.


25 posted on 03/07/2014 2:55:21 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: the_Watchman
They want more satellites in the northern hemisphere because that's where most of the people are.
26 posted on 03/07/2014 4:01:40 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: InterceptPoint
That visible ring must be the geostationary orbit.

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Indeed it is. What this tells us is that if we had good enough telescopes we could tell if the aliens have DirecTV. ;)

Then they've had DirecTV on Saturn since before Galileo's time, right?

27 posted on 03/07/2014 5:03:23 PM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: bgill

Nasa has a web app that shows this in real time. It’s pretty cool. I believe this particular image is why I’m no longer being abducted by aliens. It’s just too darn dangerous for them. :-)


28 posted on 03/07/2014 8:24:12 PM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: BwanaNdege

Then they’ve had DirecTV on Saturn since before Galileo’s time, right?
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Actually, that hadn’t occurred to me. Those guys at DirecTV were really ahead of their time.


29 posted on 03/07/2014 9:04:25 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: bgill

Lots of stuff up there - the gross size relationship to make them visible on that size diagram makes it look a whole lot more crowded than it is.


30 posted on 03/08/2014 2:30:08 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hard to believe you have not been pinged to this!


31 posted on 03/09/2014 8:55:19 AM PDT by houeto (We intend to liberate Democrats from the dreaded Job-Lock this November!)
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To: bgill

Which one is Sandra Bullock?


32 posted on 03/09/2014 9:08:06 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: houeto; brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; ...

Yeah, really, what’s up with that? ;’) Thanks houeto, a nice extra for APoD.


33 posted on 03/09/2014 1:12:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: bgill
And I'll bet it does include the aliens


34 posted on 03/09/2014 1:20:38 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: bgill
Somewhat larger, clearer.


35 posted on 03/09/2014 3:41:17 PM PDT by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: bgill

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agi.android.augmentedreality


36 posted on 03/10/2014 6:16:49 AM PDT by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: cuban leaf

In these representations, each satellite looks to be about the size of Mexico.


37 posted on 03/10/2014 6:22:36 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice
In these representations, each satellite looks to be about the size of Mexico.

Especially the geosynchronous ones on the other side of earth. ;-)
38 posted on 03/10/2014 6:40:19 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: bgill

I can’t find the X-37B. Does it have a cloaking device?


39 posted on 03/10/2014 3:28:01 PM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: cuban leaf

And none of these satellites could detect a Boeing 777 going down?


40 posted on 03/12/2014 1:39:07 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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