Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Satellite, orbit
night sky

Introduction

Throughout history, people have always been captivated by celestial objects like stars, planets, and the Moon. Now, man-made satellites have entered the picture. Did you know you can see many satellites with the naked eye? Try this activity and find out for yourself! You will even learn how to classify them!

Credits

Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

Include a single picture of all materials required for the project if possible

  • Place to sit and observe the sky, preferably in a rural area where light pollution is low
  • Clear night
  • Compass or app that indicates the cardinal direction
  • Access to the internet

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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Satellite, orbit
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