Re: Satellite observing and the autokinetic illusion

From: bpurcell@pdq.net
Date: Fri Sep 01 2006 - 11:02:36 EDT

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    > reporting strange (impossible) non-linear movements of the satellite. E.g.
    > jumping back and forth and zizagging along the track.
    >
    
    I see such "movements" quite often when viewing satellites.  I'm pretty
    sure that the apparent zig-zagging is caused by atmospheric interference
    (temperature / density fluctuations), similar to the phenomenon which
    causes stars to "twinkle."
    
    - Bill Purcell.
    
    
    
    
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