Satellite during solar eclipse

Matson, Robert (
Wed, 26 May 1999 09:43:43 -0700

Hi Chris and List,

> I just got this message from a journalist. What are the chances of seeing
> satellites during a total eclipse?

It can be done.  You might check with eclipse-chaser and satellite
observer Paul Maley to see if he's observed any -- I'm sure he has.
Another interesting possibility is to observe satellites passing through
the *lunar* umbra as seen from a dark location west of the start of
the eclipse track, or east of the end of it.  This is one way that
observers not located on the eclipse track can nevertheless enjoy
seeing its effects in the sky!

The eastern U.S. will have this opportunity in the early morning hours
of August 11.  SkyMap can be used to show which satellites pass
through the lunar umbra.  If someone reminds me, I'll post predictions
for which satellites will experience the greatest darkening as we get
closer to August -- at least up until I leave for Europe to see the