About

Randy Krum infographic designerRandy Krum

President of InfoNewt.
Data Visualization, Infographic Design, Visual Thinking, Product Development and Marketing professional fascinated by good infographics.  Always looking for better ways to get the point across.

Infographic Design

Looking for help creating your own infographics?  Randy’s infographic and data visualziation design company:

InfoNewt Infographic Design

Search the Cool Infographics site

Custom Search

 

Subscriptions:

 

Feedburner

The Cool Infographics Gallery:

How to add the
Cool Infographics button to your:

Cool Infographics iOS icon

- iPhone
- iPad
- iPod Touch

 

Read on Flipboard for iPad and iPhone

Featured in the Tech & Science category

Flipboard icon

Twitter Feed
From the Bookstore

Caffeine Poster

The Caffeine Poster infographic

Google Insights

« Space Debris video | Main | Google Data Visualization Concepts »
Monday
Feb232009

Space Debris image


Great image from MSNBC PhotoBlog that tries to demonstrate how much space junk we have put into orbit around Earth.  I think the downside of this image is that the satellites aren't to scale.  If they were all this large, they would be running into each other all the time.

If you have Windows, you can see this high-res version with Microsoft HDView, but it doesn't work on a Mac.  I was able to see it with Parallels running on my MacBook.

A computer-generated artist's impression released by the European Space Agency (ESA) depicts an approximation of 12,000 objects in orbit around the Earth. A communications satellite belonging to US company Iridium collided with a defunct Russian military satellite on February 12, 2009.  (ESA via AFP - Getty Images/)
Thanks Karen for sending in the link!

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (3)

Believe it or not, if the satellites were to scale, you wouldn't see them at all in this image.

At 52 m, the International Space Station is about 52 m long. The diameter of the Earth is 12,756,200 m. So the ISS is 0.0004% the diamter of the Earth. That makes the ISS about 0.0009 pixels wide in this image.

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"At 52 m, the International Space Station is about 52 m long."

Yeah, I coulda proofread that better before hitting Publish.

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Reminds me of Wall-E actually.

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBen

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.