Geostationary Solar Eclipse on 28-FEB-06

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (grd.holtkamp@t-online.de)
Date: Fri Feb 24 2006 - 14:25:51 EST

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    Hi all,
    
    some geostationary satellites will experience a solar eclipse on 28-FEB-06.
    
    Japan and Eastern Australia would be able to observe a total eclipse of 
    	INSAT 3A  (2003-013A; #27714;  93.4 East) at 9:55 UT.
    The partial phase lasts from 9:11 until 10:55 UT.
    
    Observers in America (North and South) can see some GEOs around 102 West 
    experiencing an annular solar eclipse
    
    	DIRECTV 8  (2005-019A ; #28659; 100.7W)  at 5:01 UT
    	DIRECTV 1-R (1999-056; #25937; 100.8W) at 5:01 UT
    	GE4	(1999-060A; #259549; 101.0W) at 5:02 UT
    	DIRECTV 4S (2001-052A ;  #26985; 101.1W) at 5:02 UT
    	SPACEWAY 1  (2005-015A ; #28644; 102.8W) at 5:07 UT
    	GE-1	(1996-054A; #24315; 103.0W) at 5:08 UT
    
    Expect a drop in magnitude of about 2.5. The overall partial phase will last 
    half an hour.
    
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
    
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