Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Satellite Crash on Google Maps

When Satellites Collide

Update: I've bumped this post back to the front page because Barnabu has now also produced a Debris Map of the collision.

Barnabu is quickly becoming my favourite destination for interesting Google Earth files. Two weeks ago Barnabu created a Twitter Snow animation in the Google Earth browser now he has created an amazing animation of the crash between the Russian Cosmos 2251 and the US iridium 33.

Here's a quick screencast:

Satellite Crash from Keir Clarke on Vimeo.

For the full interactive version you have to visit - Barnabu


Barnabu has now also created a Google Earth Browser map of the debris from the crash. The Debris Map is if anything more amazing than the crash map. This map propogates the orbits of all 134 fragments from the two satellites smoothly in real time.



Anonymous said...

When did these collide? I didn't hear about that. It was bound to happen sooner or later. Very interesting!

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