Published: 2007-06-23 11:43:20
Updated: 2007-06-23 11:43:20
Posted June 23, 2007
MIKE MOSS SAYS: Pablo, It seems quite plausible to me that you would have seen that many by looking carefully for 20 minutes on a nice clear evening. There are LOTS of satellites up there in polar orbits, which are the ones in which you would see the satellites moving mainly from north to south or vice versa.
To get a feel for the number of satellites in orbit and how they are configured, try this web site:
When the 3-d tracking window opens, maximize it, then go into the Options menu and change "update rate" to 1/2 second and "timing" to 100x and you will get a good feel for what a swarm of satellites actually surrounds us!