Eberst <email@example.com> said: > I have been taking a look at Mir predictions for August 11 around the time >of eclipse totality. <snip> >it may well provide >an opportunity for the first ever sighting of a satellite during a >solar eclipse. Gemini 11 did view a solar eclipse in the mid 1960s. I suspect Skylab also did at some point. But in any case above the Earth's atmosphere creating an artifical eclipse is trivial. Apollo did it for the Soyuz spacecraft during the joint Soviet-American Apollo-Soyuz project, and most solar observing spacecraft (Spartan, SOHO, Solar Max) have a black disk somewhere in their instruments to block out the Sun so they can view the corona. I'd be surprised if Mir's flight controllers didn't consider raising its orbit to precess the plane so Mir would fly through the eclipse. The question is whether or not it's worth that much effort. AFAIK none of Mir's telescopes are in use anymore. Philip Chien, KC4YER Earth News world (in)famous writer, science fiction fan, ham radio operator, all-around nice guy, etc.