Annular Eclipse at Intelsat 905

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (
Date: Wed Jan 13 2010 - 18:50:21 UTC

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    There will be an annular eclipse of the Sun on 15-JAN-2010 visible in the 
    Indian Ocean region on the surface of the Earth but some GEOs are also 
    effected by it.
    Intelsat 905 (2002-027A, NORAD #27438) at 22.55 West will experience an 
    annular eclipse at 16:40 UTC, 15-JAN-2010. Expect a drop in magnitude of 
    about mag 2.5 during the final 10 minutes before annularity (and a 
    corresponding increase in the following 10 minutes).
    Other satellites in the area will also be affected.
    The sky will still be fairly bright in Europe and the satellite is not very 
    high above the horizon so I wonder whether anybody manages to see it.
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
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