This is every active satellite orbiting earth

By David Yanofsky and Tim Fernholz

There are more than 1,200 active satellites orbiting earth right now, taking pictures, relaying communications, broadcasting locations, spying on you, and even housing humans. Thanks to a database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists, we can show you each one, as of August 21, 2014.

The satellites are sized according to their launch mass and are colored by their
primary user

Space begins 100 km up. Satellites are arranged by altitude, but they don’t all stay in the same place—37 of them are in elliptical orbits that maximize their view of earth at high altitude before a quick low-altitude jaunt around the other side of the planet.


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