Earth are hundreds of satellites.
These are communication satellites, military
satellites, scientific satellites, Iridium satellites and so on. They
are easier to
photograph than meteors because they are easily
tracked; their paths are predicted. Be careful not to confuse these with meteors - they do move a bit slower and have no trailing like a meteor.
Find a quiet place in your back yard and stare up
at the stars. A satellite is sure to cross the sky,
and it is easily seen as long as you keep looking!
An object that looks like a faint star will move
fairly rapidly across the sky. If there are blinking
lights, its an airplane - but if its just a steady
dot moving across, chances are you just seen a
There is a website dedicated to tracking these
satellites, found here:
Two additional resources to determine visibility and location of a satellite (as well as a host of other events):
- Heavens-Above - an online ephemeris with a simple interface
- CalSKY - another online ephemeris with an extensive list of events
You will have to register to get specific data from your location, but the process is benign.
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