Paper Plate Education
Activity: Satellite Tracking Dish
Create a device that depicts the path of visible satellites, the International Space Station, and the Space Shuttle.
On the inside of a foam bowl, which will later be held over ones head, label cardinal points and draw 360 degrees of local horizon features in their respective positions. (Note: Hefty® foam bowls have scalloped edges that conveniently are 10 degrees apart. Label the azimuth in 10-degree increments.) From the edge of the bowl to the center, subdivide and label zero- to 90-degrees of azimuth.
current predictions on satellite passes for your location from the Heavens-Above website at http://www.heavens-above.com. Plot the predicted track across the bowl and label each line
with time and satellite name.
Contributed by Chuck Bueter.
GLPA Proceedings, 1999; pp. 35-36.
[Note: This activity is included in the Paper Plate Astronomy video/DVD/streaming video.]
Copyright ©2012 Chuck Bueter. All rights reserved.