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Real-time Satellites in Google Earth

Early last week GEB mentioned the release of a new visualization by Analytic Graphics Inc. which shows the real-time position of 13,000 satellites around the Earth in Google Earth. The author of the collection, Matt Amato, wrote Slashdot which certainly got more attention than my brief post. Matt’s collection is certainly worth a look if you haven’t seen it. The satellite positions come from a government sponsored database maintained in part by AGI. The positions are updated automatically every 30 seconds. The Google Earth file also shows the names of the satellites, and if you click on the 3D placemarks you can get more details. I’m offering two new ways to view this collection in addition to the official KML file – first, you can watch the YouTube below. And, second you can view it with this Google Earth plugin .

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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