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Astronomy Online: Satellites and Space Junk

Part of Astronomy Online

Friday, February 5, 2021

Rendering of a satellite in space, with Earth in view behind it. Artist concept of a satellite in orbit above the earth.
Courtesy of NASA

Take a journey through outer space to see human-made and interstellar debris with Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty

Deion Desir, New York City high school science teacher and alum of the Museum’s Master of Arts in Teaching Earth Science program, pilots a virtual flight through a new space debris data set in OpenSpace, the interactive data visualization software designed to visualize the entire universe. Visit satellites, including SpaceX’s controversial Starlink, then voyage beyond our solar systems to bodies such as Borisov and Oumuamua.

Assignment Idea for Educators: 

Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty will reveal several 'secrets' about satellites and space debris during this program. What were three of these space junk 'secrets'?

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