Tether Puzzlement Resolved (pun intended)

Sue J. Worden (worden@uts.cc.utexas.edu)
Sat, 16 Mar 1996 09:37:15 -0600

> Date: Sat, 16 Mar 1996 19:29:54 +1100 (EST)
> From: "Robert H. McNaught, Anglo-Australian Observatory"
        <RMN@AAOCBN1.AAO.GOV.AU>
> To: seesat-l@iris01.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de
> Subject: Tether paradoxes
> [ ... ]
> The resolution of the unaided eye is about 3 arcmin. [ ... ]
> So in other words, an object is seen because it emits or
> reflects light, independent of whether it is of sufficient
> angular diameter to be resolved.


And another responder to my query pointed out that the total
reflecting surface area of the tether is more than sufficient
to provide enough light to make it visible.

Thank-you to all who replied! :-)

--Sue Worden (worden@uts.cc.utexas.edu)