Re: Counterintuitive Observation

From: Brian Weeden (
Date: Mon Jan 07 2008 - 19:46:56 UTC

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    Is it similar to the effects of insolation angle on the seasons here
    on Earth?  In other words, even though we are closer in the summer,
    the change in the angle of solar radiation results in lower
    On Jan 7, 2008 2:32 PM, Robert Fenske Jr <> wrote:
    > On Mon, 7 Jan 2008, Art Glick wrote:
    > > Then again, in the case of the brighter pass, the observer is "in
    > > between" the sun and the object (so to speak) and in the case of the
    > > dimmer pass, the object is in between the observer and the sun.  Is that
    > > it?
    > That is exactly it.  The Sun-satellite-observer angle can make a big
    > difference.  The sunlight reflected off the satellite behaves just like the
    > light reflected from the Moon.  When the Moon (satellite) is between you and
    > the Sun you only see a thin crescent and hence it's not as bright; when
    > you're in between the Sun and Moon the Moon (satellite) is nearly full and
    > hence bright.  The best satellite passes are those that are in the sky
    > opposite the Sun.
    > Robert Fenske, Jr.
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