DISH looks at the Earth

DISH subscribers can tune to Channel 212 and watch a live, satellite-based image of the Earth. Non-Dish subscribers, and those in other parts of the world, can go to the web-site link below for a fascinating report on how Echostar is capturing the images.

EchoStar 11 is sited over the Pacific Ocean at 110 deg West, some 22,231 miles over the Equator (35,777 km) at its closest orbit to the Earth. Echostar 11 is claimed to be the world’s first commercial GEO communications satellite feeding live images to the planet (of course, weather and other satellites do this all the time).

The web-site tells us: “The camera offers a 30 degree x 22.4 degree field-of-view for dramatic images of Earth and occasional views of the Moon and Venus. The regular night/day cycle, weather patterns, and seasonal changes in the western hemisphere are clearly visible in the continuous Earth view of North America, Central America and South America. The ‘eyes’ of the DISH Earth camera observes objects in the visible spectrum, similar to the human eye, with a resolution of about 20 km per pixel. The camera’s image rate is one frame per every 15 seconds.”

The web-site even shows a quite definite UFO. It is probably space debris but the site says “its identification is unknown at this time”.