Re: Satellites eclipsed Aug.11

Bjoern Gimle (
Mon, 2 Aug 1999 10:33:58 +0200

Bruno Tilgner wrote:
>Europe, even in the path of totality. For one thing, they are eclipsed
>as well, and for another it isn't dark enough, even at mid-eclipse.
>will be much like a satellite disappearing into the Earth's shadow.
>I have concluded that this subject isn't worth pursuing any further.

I am inclined to agree - I just wrote it as a service for those who think
otherwise. Someone wrote "Mir may become the first satellite seen at all
during an eclipse", so it probably isn't worth trying one that is in shadow.

But it could be more than just Earth's shadow - if the satellite is
visible over several thousand km track, and spends a few seconds in
umbra, and reappears.

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