You thought tracking satellites was just for the 'brass' at NORAD?
Now you can follow hundreds of currently orbiting objects in NRT (Near Real Time).
Every 10 seconds the data is refreshed. See where the Space Station or Hubble Space Telescope
is at any time.
- Locate the Space Station's orbit. If the track takes it over your
house, click on the yellow line to see the next day and time it will go right over your
head. Early on a clear night you can spot it passing over.
- Click on J-Track 3-D (click 'yes' if you get a 'Digital Certificate') and you will
be able to see the orbits of hundreds of satellites
- Click on a dot and it will tell you the name and orbit of each
- To Zoom In/Out, use CTRL or Shift and left click
- To rotate space, hold left mouse button down and drag image
- Look for the following features:
- Hundreds satellites in geo-synchronous orbit, 22,500 miles out. Rotate image
to see N. America. Look for Galaxy, GE, Telstar and many others that bring us telephone and
- GPS (Global Positioning System) -
Click on dots that are between geo-sync and the Earth to see them.
- Iridium (global telephone) satellites -
Rotate the image to the North Pole, zoom in, and see them
in a polar orbit (could they ever collide?)
- A lot of the low orbit ones could be spy satellites!
- Chandra X-ray Observatory - Zoom way out and look for it.