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    hey i was laying on my dock last night to see the meteor shower. but instead of meteors i saw satellites. now, what i couldnt help but notice is that the satellites followed a curved path, i know that this is not what happened i know that it has some thing to do with the turning of the earth. for instance, this is a two dimentional analogy, you and a friend are sitting on a merry-go-round. you throw a ball to your friend, but because of the spin of the merry go round it will appear that the ball curves away from your friend. i am still in middle school so i am a stranger to trig, never learned it before. if some one could please give me the 3 dimentional equation for finding the angle of curve with a 90 degree horizon and 180 degree horizon. thank you


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    If you stand at 90<sup>o</sup> (side view) and the satellite orbits at 45<sup>o</sup> as an example, then you would see it follow a curved path. The only time you wouldn't see one would be if it was passing directly overhead. I am not quite sure what you mean by angle of curve.


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    well the mesurement of the extremity of the curve instead of the extremity of a corner which can be measured in degrees of angle. thx
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