Re: Geo Sync's

Allen Thomson (thomsona@flash.net)
Tue, 15 Jun 1999 12:43:21 -0500

Jonathan asked,

>In a message dated 6/14/99 2:29:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>Hedgepet@stihl.de writes:

>>  Satspy can handle your requests about geo sync satellites provided you
have
>>  sets of elements for them.  Check under Sat Views, then Synch sats.

>Thank you, it works now.  But I looked at the data for one of them, and the
>standard magnitude was +89.8.  Is this right?  I thought there mostly
around
                                                           ^^^^^^^^^^
>+10.?


This is done in my head, always a dangerous place to do things, but I think
v.m.
89.8 at opposition in GEO corresponds to a Lambertian white surface of a few
nanometers in linear dimension.  I'd be impressed if we could see that. :-)

Likely the number is just a placeholder for "unknown" or "very small."