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Can you see satellites?

Can you see satellites with the naked eye from Northeast OH?

Sure. Satellites reflect the light of the sun, allowing them to be seen from the ground. The best way to find them is by going outside on a dark night and stand (or sit!) facing south (or north, if you live in the southern hemisphere). (This is because most satellites orbit the equator of the Earth) A satellite will appear as a "star" moving slowly across the sky, usually from east to west or west to east.

Unlike meteors, satellites are slow-moving and yellow (not red-orange) due to the sun's reflected light.

The International Space Station can be particularly impressive to see. To know when and where to look for it, you can use some of the on-line ressources like Heavens above.

There are a few satellites that orbit in a north-south direction. Those are the spy satellites. If you see one, be sure to wave!

January 1999, Dave Kornreich (more by Dave Kornreich) (Like this Answer)

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