satellites
« on: January 01, 2016, 02:58:58 AM »
Hello!

I am new to this forum. I searched for the word satellite first and had no hits, so if there is already a thread in this, please excuse me.

My question or should I say observation is:

1)  We all know there are satellites in space for communication, military, weather...
2)  There is supposed to be space junk or debris

Then, why don't we see them in pictures or videos?

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Re: satellites
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2016, 12:55:25 PM »
Hello!

I am new to this forum. I searched for the word satellite first and had no hits, so if there is already a thread in this, please excuse me.

My question or should I say observation is:

1)  We all know there are satellites in space for communication, military, weather...
2)  There is supposed to be space junk or debris

Then, why don't we see them in pictures or videos?

Like this Iridium flare


They're so predictable, even you can see them yourself
http://www.heavens-above.com/IridiumFlares.aspx

Keep watching the sky...
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Re: satellites
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2016, 10:02:02 PM »
I am new to this forum. I searched for the word satellite first and had no hits, so if there is already a thread in this, please excuse me.
Apparently the search for "satellites" yields much more promising results than "satellite". Thanks for helping us spot that, we may want to look at improving the search function.

Anyway, here are a few threads I picked out from my search for "satellites". They don't directly address your question, but they do explain the FES's general views on satellites and their existence (n.b. I am not trying to make this an exhaustive list, just providing a starting point):

https://forum.tfes.org/index.php?topic=1150.0
https://forum.tfes.org/index.php?topic=2141.0
https://forum.tfes.org/index.php?topic=3359.0
https://forum.tfes.org/index.php?topic=2445.0
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