Why are more and more satellites visible in the night sky?

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Why are more and more satellites visible in the night sky?
« on: January 06, 2015, 07:44:40 PM »
Why is it that there are many more visible satellites that can be viewed just after sunset and just before sunrise?  If they are not satellites, what are they?

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Re: Why are more and more satellites visible in the night sky?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2015, 08:39:58 PM »
For sure, when I was a little bloke they were so rare if you saw one it was a big thing.

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Re: Why are more and more satellites visible in the night sky?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2015, 11:00:29 PM »
If it was a conspiracy then the government could just say that the sattelites couldn't be seen from the ground but I guess they decided to do it the hard way with hundreds of balloons in jetstreams or something.  The proposed conspuracy might actually be more expensive then actual space travel with the costs of hiring employees, sending up balloons, launching fake rockets, patrolling Antarctica, sustaining the supercomputers nesesary to fake live footage from the ISS, keeping so many people quiet, hiring people to make up believable stories, bribing physics, bribing math, bribing the moon shrimp, ect...
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