Re: Starshine II etc.

From: Tom Wagner (
Date: Sun Feb 17 2002 - 14:05:02 EST

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    Since the flash rate of the Starshine (due to its relatively smaller size)
    is markedly smaller than what the EPG has, wouldn't it be better to have a
    faster rotation for the Starshine satellites? Since we are talking about
    flashes per rotation, I would think that more rotations per unit of time
    would be better, even if it meant that there would be an occasional set of
    flashes that may be so rapid that it may be hard to count them.
    Iowa Tom
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Markus Mehring" <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2002 10:10 AM
    Subject: Re: Starshine II etc.
    > On Sat, 16 Feb 2002 23:29:12 -0600, you ("Tom  Wagner"
    > <>) wrote:
    > >This afternoon I was messing around with the sunlit slowly rotating disco
    > >ball in my science classroom and noticed that, even though it is
    > >covered with little mirrors, I saw very few flashes of light per
    > >It was better at some angles but I was amazed at how infrequently I saw a
    > >flash.
    > Well, I suppose that what you have observed is what I have told folks who
    > knew EGP and then were disappointed by Starshine flashes (or the lack
    > thereof...). EGP is _huge_ compared to the Starshines, and the smaller the
    > ball, the less likely is it that its curvature allows a reflection to
    > you.
    > CU! Markus
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