Will we be able to see the IMAGE satellite from the ground?

Probably not. It's closest approach to the Earth will be at 1000 kilometers, and it is a satellite that is only a bit over 6 feet across. It will not be detected from the ground by naked-eye observations, but it will be easily monitored by the US Air Force Space Command at NORAD using their powerful radar system.

Visit the US Space Command to see the data on the latest satellite orbits and 'box score', or visit the Visual Satellite Observer's page to see what is currently easy to see with the naked eye.


Return to the IMAGE home page.
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