There's a lot of rubbish whizzing around Earth. Ever since Sputnik was launched in 1957, we've been polluting our cosmic neighborhood with increasing amounts of space junk.
But getting a handle on exactly how much is up there is a tricky task. So 18-year-old programmer James Yoder has built a three-dimensional, interactive map of everything currently whizzing around our planet. It's called stuffin.space.
The data comes from Space Track - a US government site that monitors everything in orbit larger than a softball (minus spy satellites). That adds up to 150,000 objects, which can be sorted and grouped to your liking. It was built in WebGL.
"Using those orbital parameters, stuffin.space uses a propagation model to predict the location of every satellite in real time, with an accuracy of within a few kilometers, and displays the data using a WebGL visualisation with an accurate view of the Earth's rotation and sunlight angle," Yoder told Gizmodo in an email.
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