Solar Eclipse Observation of Satellites

Fri, 16 Jan 1998 09:54:17 -0600

In response to Bryan Dort's recent message, I always observe satellites in
conjunction with the solar eclipse expeditions that I have organized since
1970 and will be doing so again this year. Unfortunately, there have not
been any bright satellite passes that I have found which would have been
visible during totality at the places I have been situated. The moon's
shadow should prevent sunlight from reflecting off the satellite itself for
much of the pass, but there is always a chance to intercept the satellite
when it is outside the umbra while the observer. Anyway, I am leading a
group of 90 persons to Curacao for the February 26 total eclipse and will
see if we are lucky enough this time to catch a satellite in totality.

Paul D. Maley
United Space Alliance
DO5/Cargo Operations
NASA Johnson Space Center
Houston TX 77058 USA

tel. 281-244-0208
latitude 29.6049 north, longitude 95.1086 west