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Satellites – Who is watching whom?

Posted by on November 6th, 2020 Posted in: Blog


I love staying connected to the weather this time of year.  In New England it changes all the time.  Today we had bright sunlight with snow flurried.  Well, with that pictured in your mind.  What do you think about your TV stations weather deliverer?  How are they providing us such amazing images, so we can stay tuned in to how our weather is ever changing – down to the specific flow patterns.  It’s with satellites!!

Maybe it’s our turn to watch the satellites as they ‘streak’ throughout our skyline.  NASA is looking for a few citizen scientists who might be interested in this very task.  This is a free SciStarter affiliate project.  You can use your smartphone’s camera to record satellite streaks through the night sky and monitor this problem over a period of time.  Scistarter described this project on their webpage https://scistarter.org/satellite-streak-watcher.

As more satellites are placed into orbit, they will become an increasing problem to astronomers on the ground.  By taking part in this exciting citizen science project you can help scientists understand the international impact that satellites play in our outer atmosphere field.  Help be a global partner – watch for satellites!

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