[amsat-bb] Long shot: August eclipse intersecting any Oscars?
ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Thu Jul 13 05:54:27 UTC 2017
I was asked this on our club's weekly net last week. I expect the
answer is no, but thought I should check...
Will any of the ham satellites be affected by next month's solar eclipse
across the USA? To be affected, the satellite's track (at some 18,000
mph) would need to intersect some portion of the eclipse (not
necessarily the path of totality), which I understand is moving at some
1,500 mph. Given the speeds involved, that's unlikely. But we've got a
number of satellites in sun synchronous orbits, so it's not impossible.
Any way to predict this?
If there are any, the telemetry from the event would be an awesome bit
of data for students' analysis.
p.s. I remember being at work (I think in the 1990's) during an
eclipse. As I recall, the spot of totality was out in the Pacific
Ocean, off the coast of Mexico. The real-time satellite weather
background on my Unix workstation looked like someone had burned a hole
in it with a cigarette.
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