Distribution of Geosynchronous Satellites

From: P S Bharadhwaj (psbad1@sancharnet.in)
Date: Sun Apr 20 2003 - 22:06:56 EDT

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    Hello All,
    I have been experimenting with Skymap 6.5 which I have just downloaded.
    I tried plotting the locations of all the satellites in "geo.tle" at a given
    time with a wide FOV.
    I expected to see a sort of "gaussian cloud" along the equator with the
    density tapering away north and south. What you get is acutally two distinct
    belts. One is quite well defined, and lies 3 deg. south of the equator. The
    other is rather fuzzy, 5 deg. north of the equator with a slight
    I am wondering why the geo objects tend to split into these two belts --
    ideas, anyone?
    Last night I patrolled the celestial equator around Procyon (where Skymap
    tells me I could find Gorizont 19) but saw no flashes.
    Ahmedabad, India
    23.03N  72.546E
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