FWD> Tether visibility in d

John_Kiffmeyer@machome.com
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```FWD> Tether visibility in daylight?
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Could the tether become visible in daylight?

Treating the tether as a vertical cylinder, the geometry
producing a specular
reflection is quite straight forward.  It can only occur in
daylight.
Two conditions must be met;

a) the tether must be in the opposite azimuth to the Sun in
the sky and

b) the angle of the observer below the "equator" of the
tether must equal the
angle of the Sun above its "equator".

Defining

Es = elevation of the Sun at time tether is opposite in
azimuth

Et = elevation of tether at this time

A = arc subtended at Earth's center between observer and
tether
(= great-circle arc on Earth's surface between observer
and sub-tether point)

Gives the necessary relation
Es = 2A + Et

for a specular reflection to occur.

These quantities are either easily calculated or available
from the ephemeris.
The angle "A" can be easily found from
sin(A) = (D .
cos(Et)) / (Rphi + H)
where

D = distance of tether from observer
H = Height of tether above geoid
Rphi = radius of Earth at tether latitude

Rob McNaught

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