How Many Satellites are in Space?

There are about 3,000 useful satellites and 6,000 pieces of junk orbiting earth right now. Satellites can be used for all sorts of purposes like scientific research, communications, military, weather, navigation, and earth observation. On dark nights, you should be able to spot a few satellites that orbit low enough to be seen by the naked eye. Look for a star-like object that is moving at a steady pace across the sky.