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Message 816420 - Posted: 9 Oct 2008, 21:49:20 UTC

Does anyone know of a good program or a website to use to track satellite orbits?

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Message 816433 - Posted: 9 Oct 2008, 22:02:37 UTC
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This Java Applet from NASA is pretty good.



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Message 816510 - Posted: 10 Oct 2008, 1:47:49 UTC - in response to Message 816433.  
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Use Jtrack it is the most extensive orbit tracking that i know of. Just do a seach and enter jtrack it no longer shows the space station due to threats to the space station.

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Message 816609 - Posted: 10 Oct 2008, 9:57:03 UTC

http://www.n2yo.com/

Doesn't necessarily show orbits, but it shows most major satellites/space station, and can predict when they'll be visible from the ground, etc. Pretty neat stuff.


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Message 816869 - Posted: 11 Oct 2008, 0:36:27 UTC
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The ISS is really cool since they have added all the extra solar panels. From here, it is unmistakable should it pass by right after sunset. On clear nights, I try to catch it every now and then using NASA's tracker. I've tried to catch the Shuttle when it wasn't docked to the ISS, but never have been successful. I guess it just doesn't reflect enough sunlight for here...

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Message 817136 - Posted: 11 Oct 2008, 18:41:04 UTC

I live in Nebraska and every morning around 5:55-6:05am I see a satelllite passing over head. It's bigger than others I have seen with my naked eye, but it takes the same route, north to south, passing "near" the Orion constellation. I can't find anything that is around my area on those sites for those times I see this thing every morning. Anyone have any guesses?

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Message 817142 - Posted: 11 Oct 2008, 18:53:45 UTC

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Message 817157 - Posted: 11 Oct 2008, 19:51:23 UTC - in response to Message 817142.  

Could be. That's kind of creepy. BIG BROTHER! LOL!

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Message 817319 - Posted: 12 Oct 2008, 1:00:03 UTC - in response to Message 817136.  

I live in Nebraska and every morning around 5:55-6:05am I see a satelllite passing over head. It's bigger than others I have seen with my naked eye, but it takes the same route, north to south, passing "near" the Orion constellation. I can't find anything that is around my area on those sites for those times I see this thing every morning. Anyone have any guesses?


Thinking it might not be a single satellite but different ones in the same orbit.

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Message 818856 - Posted: 15 Oct 2008, 16:45:11 UTC - in response to Message 816420.  

Does anyone know of a good program or a website to use to track satellite orbits?

Check out the APOTD sticky. First post.

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Message 819479 - Posted: 16 Oct 2008, 23:40:02 UTC - in response to Message 817136.  
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I live in Nebraska and every morning around 5:55-6:05am I see a satelllite passing over head. It's bigger than others I have seen with my naked eye, but it takes the same route, north to south, passing "near" the Orion constellation. I can't find anything that is around my area on those sites for those times I see this thing every morning. Anyone have any guesses?


If it's the Lacrosse 3, the International Space Station, the Early Ammonia Servicer, the Hubble Space Telescope, or a few others they track, this site will tell you.

http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/

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Message 819795 - Posted: 17 Oct 2008, 18:55:03 UTC - in response to Message 817136.  

If this satellite is in "Polar" orbit there is a good chance that it is a spy satellite as this give it every chance to see all the surface features at some time if not this orbit then the next one.


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Message 822527 - Posted: 24 Oct 2008, 4:25:34 UTC - in response to Message 819479.  

So I used the http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/ website. That was very cool, thanks. According to this website I think I am seeing the International Space Station. It says it has a magnitude of -3 and it's flyby is around the times I was seeing this "thing." I really need to get a telescope back! ;-) Thanks for the great info everyone!

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