Re: a simple question

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Fri Mar 23 2001 - 19:31:00 PST

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    marcus (saguaro@lombardiacom.it) wrote:
    
    > a simple question from a newbye:
    > 
    > why Molniya flashes?
    
    They have solar panels and are tumbling and thus when the 
    satellite's orientation as well as the Sun-object-observer 
    angle are both favorable bright specular flashes can be
    observed.  Some useful details are available on this site:
    
     http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Hangar/1668/molniya.htm
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    http://wwwvms.utexas.edu/~ecannon/satellite.htm
    
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