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Every single satellite orbiting Earth, in a single image
BGR ^ | 3-6-14 | Zach Epstein

Posted on 03/28/2014 1:58:45 AM PDT by kingattax

As we gear up for an era where space travel becomes more common thanks to the efforts of companies like Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX, territory that was unchartered just a few decades ago could soon become commonplace.

Even those of us with no interest in traveling to space have come to rely on The Final Frontier more so than ever before, thanks to an increasing number of services that rely on satellites orbiting the Earth. 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?

The answer: Pretty crowded.

Vala Afshar, chief marketing officer of network infrastructure company Extreme Networks, recently posted a fascinating image on Twitter. Simply put, the image shows every single satellite in space that is currently orbiting Earth, in one graphic.

The picture speaks for itself:



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1 posted on 03/28/2014 1:58:45 AM PDT by kingattax
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To: left that other site

PINGO


2 posted on 03/28/2014 2:01:20 AM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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shopped


3 posted on 03/28/2014 2:10:55 AM PDT by KneelBeforeZod (I have five dollars for each of you)
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To: kingattax

Who took that picture?

:D


4 posted on 03/28/2014 2:15:04 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: wastedyears
"Who took that picture?"

The same people who filmed "Gravity."

:)

5 posted on 03/28/2014 2:18:03 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Enterprise

invented by a chief marketing exec


6 posted on 03/28/2014 2:19:43 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: kingattax

Not every single one. Other side?


7 posted on 03/28/2014 2:36:12 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: kingattax

That’s what aliens see? Probably think it’s a toilet.


8 posted on 03/28/2014 2:58:03 AM PDT by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: Libloather

Or, maybe a virus...


9 posted on 03/28/2014 3:18:46 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: kingattax

http://science.nasa.gov/iSat/?group=SMD

http://spaceweather.com/flybys/


10 posted on 03/28/2014 3:48:29 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: Libloather
Obviously, the earth from space does not look anything like that. The Milky Way looks like a fuzzy blur, but when Galileo turned his telescope towards it, he could resolve individual stars. If one made a scale model of the Milky Way with the sun 10 feet across, the nearest star would be over 10,000 miles away. If you viewed the earth from 50,000 miles, about a fifth the way to the moon, and took a picture of the entire earth with a telephoto lens, and a 40 Megapixel sensor, the largest satellite would not fill (subtend) one pixel, and would probably not be bright enough to even register on the camera's sensor above noise.

There is a lot of debris that cannot even be tracked because it is so small, yet it does present a hazard.

11 posted on 03/28/2014 4:57:57 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: kingattax

Ha ha. I see the next left wing anti capitalism movement now that global warming fad is fading and the anti-Fracking movement is losing momentum.

Really, there’s so much space above us the picture is just for shock value. Move along, nothing to see here but a PM interesting picture.


12 posted on 03/28/2014 5:01:14 AM PDT by WildWeasel
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To: kingattax

Yes...But can any of them deflect an asteroid?


13 posted on 03/28/2014 5:21:33 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: kingattax

The exaggeration with the size of those satellites borders on disinformation. The ‘Low Information” idiots that take everything they see at face value will see this and believe the Earth is literally COVERED like this, and is wondering how we’re not freezing due to the Sun being reflected away.


14 posted on 03/28/2014 5:25:15 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: wastedyears
Who took that picture?

THIS ONE!

15 posted on 03/28/2014 6:00:58 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: Libloather

Someone here one time posted that all the alien abductions reported on earth are in reality aliens dumping their trash here.


16 posted on 03/28/2014 6:09:32 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: kingattax
Real time satellite tracker from JPL
17 posted on 03/28/2014 6:57:45 AM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: kingattax

Earth adopts the ‘Don Johnson’ look.


18 posted on 03/28/2014 6:58:50 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: wastedyears

WALL-E


19 posted on 03/28/2014 12:31:34 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Gaffer
Not every single one. Other side?

No, they all came around to one side to be in the picture.

20 posted on 03/28/2014 12:35:32 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Doomonyou

But wouldn’t that cause the Earth to tip over? [ala Hank Johnson (D-Georgia) comments on Guam] /s


21 posted on 03/29/2014 6:01:05 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: wastedyears

It was an Obama ‘selfie’.

Yes, he IS that big, and he IS just THAT magnificent!


22 posted on 03/29/2014 6:02:13 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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