Do you know how many satellites are orbiting the Earth right now?
Well, the exact number would be something between 2,250 and 2,300. These satellites move around the Earth at about 17,000 miles per hour. That’s an incredible speed and they can cover a very large distance in just a few minutes.
But, these few minutes are enough to locate them if you know the right method and resources.
Patricio Gonzalez is an artist and an engineer at the open-source mapping startup Mapzen. He has created Line of Sight, an amazing map that shown the satellites over your city in real-time.
You can head over to this link, enter your city’s name, and hover to see which satellites are over your city.
This map has been created using the available metadata from sources like SatNOGS. Gonzalez’s creation uses them to track the satellites and presents them right in front of you.
Satellite watching isn’t something new, but Gonzalez has made this very fascinating and easy with Line of Sight.