How Do You View All Satellites Currently in Orbit?


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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has an interactive map on its NASA Science website, as does N2YO.com, both displaying the satellites currently orbiting Earth. Users can track the orbit of any satellite on either website.

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The NASA Science Interactive Satellite Viewer providers a 3D map of Earth, and it shows satellites from a certain group, such as NOAA weather satellites, orbiting Earth. There are five icons on the screen to help users navigate the map. The arrow drawn in a circle resets the map, the "i" provides instructions, the globe displays viewing options, the four arrows icon makes the map full screen, and the satellite icon allows users to chose a satellite.

Click the satellite icon to make two drop-down menus appear. The first drop-down menu allows users to chose a satellite group, and the second allows them to chose a specific satellite. Once a user chooses a satellite, its orbit and stats appear, such as its height above Earth, velocity, latitude and longitude. A pink line on the screen details the orbit of the selected satellite. Clicking any satellite on the map provides the same information.

To find a satellite on N2YO.com, go to Satellites on Orbit, and choose a category. A list of satellites appears in a new screen. Click the Track It button, and a map of the satellite's current position appears. Information provided about the satellite includes height, speed, latitude and longitude. N2YO.com provides the same satellite categories and similar information as NASA Science, except its map is 2D.

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