Heavens-Above

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This article is about the astronomical web site. For the Peter Sellers film, see Heavens Above!.
Heavens-Above
Heavens-Above home page
Home page
Web address www.heavens-above.com
Available in Multilingual
Owner Chris Peat
Created by Chris Peat
Alexa rank
63,829 (as of March 2012)[1]
Current status Active

Heavens-Above is a non-profit web site developed and maintained by Chris Peat as Heavens-Above GmbH. The web site is dedicated to helping people observe and track satellites orbiting the Earth without the need for optical equipment such as binoculars or telescopes. It provides detailed star charts showing the trajectory of the satellites against the background of the stars as seen when looking up. Special attention is paid to the ISS, Iridium flares, and space shuttle missions. The website also offers information on currently visible comets, asteroids, planet details, and other miscellaneous information. Sky & Telescope magazine described Heavens-Above.com as "the most popular website for tracking satellites."[2]

Usage[edit]

Ground Track example from Heavens-Above, An observer in Sicily can see the International Space Station when it enters the circle at 9.26pm. The observer would see a bright object appear in the northwest, which would move across the sky to a point almost overhead, where it disappears from view, in the space of 3 minutes.

Users click on a map of the world to set their viewing location. Lists of objects, their brightness and the time and direction to look to see those objects are given. Space stations, rockets, satellites, space junk as well as Sun, Moon and Planetary data are given.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "heavens-above.com Site Info". Alexa Internet, Inc. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Beatty, J. Kelly. 'Take a "Sat-seeing" Tour'. SkyandTelescope.com. Retrieved 17 March 2012. p. 2.

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