Re: Apple occulation question

From: Tony Beresford (dberesford@adam.com.au)
Date: Sun Feb 29 2004 - 22:27:31 EST


At 13:30 1/03/04, Steve Newcomb wrote:
> I was wondering if
>it would be possible to observe Apple occult a star in between flashes using
>a telescope? Would the time duration be long enough to perceive the star
>blink out?
I doubt it Steve, a 20 meter "wing span" { a reasonable figure  I think) at 40,000Km subtends
1/10 of an arc second. The motion of a GEO relative to stars is 15 arc seconds/ second of time,
so duration would be 1/150 of a second.
Tony Beresford


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