Re: Number of Observable Satellites

Date: Thu May 23 2002 - 00:54:05 EDT

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    The numbers constantly change, but these should do:
    David Dodge wrote:
    > I get this question from time to time:  "how many satellites are there in
    > space"  I know that number is huge and how many one sees is dependant on
    > how sharp ones eyes are, the darkness of the sky, etc., etc.
    > If someone could provide me with a guesstimate of how many satellites the
    > average person can see from a mag 4 sky,
    160-180. This is basically my guideline for compiling VISUAL.TLE / VISUAL.TXT on
    Celestrak and Mike's site.
    > an idea of how many satellites> reach 6 mag,
    > and how many satellites there are currently in orbit, I would
    > be most appreciative.
    8000-8500 cataloged.
    Jay Respler
       Satellite Tracker * Early Typewriter Collector
               Freehold, New Jersey
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