Saturday, March 19, 2005

Ring of Power

We all know how useful it can be to be able to keep track of the exact location of every man-made satellite that orbits earth. Unfortunately J-Track 3D will only show you 500 of them. At least the ISS (Space Station) is there, and Hubble, and a few of the stupid, useless Iridium satellites (sorry - bad stock experience.)

The cool thing is to zoom out and see earth's artificial ring of satellites that orbit at 22,237 miles above the equator. That's the magical distance for geostationary orbit, where the orbital speed matches the earths rotation speed - which kind of means they don't move (otherwise you'd have a heck of a time pointing that DirecTV dish.)


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