For those of you interested, or that may become interested, there's some interesting articles about secret spy satellites, that can lead to black ops
programs if you want to take the hints of information you find and follow the trails, or become a satellite spotter yourself.
Granted, these articles are old news, but they give an interesting perspective in taking a practical approach to spying on the spies.
For instance, all satellites, domestic and foreign are tracked and listed on databases that can be found on the www.
You can get satellite predictions on sites likewww.heavens-above.com...
The secret spy stuff is, of course, not listed on the formal online databases, but, there are independent sites, should you care to do some looking,
that will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Know your sky, and what's in it.
Spotting satellites will also educate you on the planets, stars the moon, and might, for some of you, stop these ridiculous "OMGWTF teh moon is
upside down and doing strang schtuff" topic posts. Really? I swear. Sometimes I see posts that remind me of portrayals of cavemen in retro movies
encountering thunder and lightning, getting all scared and freaked out.
Please, a request; before asking about stuff going on the sky, why the moon appears to be doing something strange that you've never ever seen before,
what that light is, etc., educate yourself about what's in the sky so you don't keep sounding like cave man seeing thunder and lightning.
Questions to find the answers to that might help you:
1. What is an iridium flare?
2. Atmospheric lensing and meteorological effects on star gazing.
3. When and what are the annual meteor showers, and the differences between meteor, meteorite, and bolide.
4. What do satellites, like the ISS actually look like from the ground?
5. What do Jupiter and Venus look like from naked eye observation, and how might things listed in #2 change the view?
In summary, there's lots of stuff whizzing about over head, some of it secret, and you should take the time to educate yourself on at least the most
common items like at least the moon so you can avoid the quivering cave man complex.
All those satellites, with a little bit of atmospheric lensing, plus the right combination of dust in the atmosphere will appear closer than they are.
Satellites will be lights in the sky that make absolutely NO sound.
Depending on the direction they are travelling, satellites may create the illusion that they are close and 'flying' an ascent trajectory from the
ground into space, or even descending for a landing, when in fact, they're simply following an orbit.
Satellites will suddenly disappear, winking out, when they no longer catch illumination from the sun.