Geostationary Satellites in Orion
Four geostationary satellites crossing through the sword of Orion. Geostationary satellites reside ~36,000 kilometers above the Earth's equator and follow the direction of the Earth's rotation. Geostationary satellites have an orbital period equal to Earth's rotational period (1 revolution per day), and because of this they appear almost motionless in the sky to a ground based observer. Because of this fact satellites in the orbit are often used for communication and Earth observation. If you have satellite TV, your dish is pointing at a geostationary satellite!
Camera - Canon EOS 350D
Lens - Canon EF 75-300mm
Single 30" exposure
300mm focal length
Raw converted in Adobe Camera raw. Color correction, levels adjustment and satellite labels done in Adobe Photoshop.
Satellites identified using Stellarium and the UCS Satellite database: www.ucsusa.org/nuclear-weapons/space-weapons/satellite-da...