How many Satellites are in Orbit?

Let’s define our terms: a satellite can mean anything in orbit around another celestial body. There are natural ones (like the moon) and artificial ones like communication satellites, the International Space Station, stuff leftover from launches, and probably a couple of Russian Cosmonauts from the 50s and 60s.

Of all of the shit orbiting the earth:

  • 500 of the total objects are working satellites.
  • 19,000 objects are greater than the size of a basketball.
  • Roughly 5,000 objects are between 1 and 10 cm.
  • A number exceeding tens of millions are less than a cm.
  • 1 is the Sun, if you’re one of those people.


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