Re: Sun outage-Partial eclipse Oct 12

Robert Sheaffer (
Sun, 8 Sep 1996 13:53:47 -0700 (PDT)

John Locker
> Many of you will be observing the eclipse,by projecting the sun's image,...I
> wonder what the chances are of spotting the image of a Geosat cluster during
> the outage,in the same way ?[eg.. the 6 sats in the Astra cluster around 19
> east]
> Am I talking through my wotsit,..or is it possible?..I dont have the
> facilities here to project a large enough  image of the sun during outage to
> test out the theory,but maybe you do..!

No, sorry, but it's only a *partial* eclipse. No luck. It won't even get dark
enough to see the bright stars, let alone the much-fainter geosynchronous sats,
that can only be seen with fair-sized telescopes.

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