Why we love it

When a detailed and fascinating dataset is brought to life, the result is uniquely compelling. At first sight, this map simply shows the current location of approximately 1,250 satellites. As you explore the map, its design gives clarity to what seemed like an unorganized pattern. We love that when you click on a satellite you see its path of orbit and 24-hour trajectory shadow.

Why it works

To plot orbiting satellites and paths on a flat, static map would create quite a mess. A virtual globe allows us to plot satellites along with their height for a realistic impression. We see satellites in a fixed position, color-coded by type. You can zoom and pan, and watch satellites move around the screen as you move the globe. Click a satellite for specific details, list them, and toggle different types on or off. 

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Tips and tricks

Richie Carmichael, map author

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