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When two satellites collide, in Google Earth

February 12th, 2009

Satellites Colliding in Google Earth

Satellites Colliding in Google Earth

This is a quick Google Earth timeline animation of the recent satellite collision between the Russian Cosmos 2251 and the US iridium 33.

Update 2009-02-14: Two ways to view this now.
- A Google Earth browser plug-in version
- Or the original KML file for regular Google Earth below

Cosmos 2251 and Iridium 33 Collide

Use the time slider at the top of the screen to play the file back. The animation tracks the objects during the 6 minutes leading up to impact. Also included are the orbital paths (ground tracks) of the two objects between 16:00 and 17:00 GMT on February 10th.

Location data is based on the orbital elements for the two satellites, from Celestrak.

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