I want to build a simple personal project, a software that allows users to choose between 5 or 6 satellites, then draw the chosen satellite's path on a google map. But I really don't know where to start.

I thought about targeting communication satellites only -due to their fixed locations-, but I cannot figure out the ground tracking. is there an equation or anything similar to concluded and predict where the satellite would be with respect to earth's rotation, and thus draw its full path ?

  • $\begingroup$ Please let us know what celestial mechanics books you have already read. Reference: meta.space.stackexchange.com/questions/249/… $\endgroup$ – Deer Hunter Jun 6 '15 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ @DeerHunter , none ; I'm a programmer -Computer Science degree-. All my info on astronomy comes from documentaries. $\endgroup$ – Mohammed Baashar Jun 6 '15 at 11:40
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    $\begingroup$ No single equation can help you here. You have to start reading - Bate, Mueller and White is a good start. $\endgroup$ – Deer Hunter Jun 6 '15 at 11:46
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    $\begingroup$ Please also note that communications satellites do not have fixed locations. $\endgroup$ – Deer Hunter Jun 6 '15 at 11:48
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    $\begingroup$ You may use ready to use libraries, but a good background of celestial mechanics is still recommended to use them. The link is just one of many possibilities. $\endgroup$ – mins Jun 6 '15 at 13:10