Re: ISS transit across sun

From: Tom Wagner (sciteach@mchsi.com)
Date: Sat Mar 01 2003 - 12:36:27 EST

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    From: "Thomas Fly" <thomasfly@charter.net>
    To: <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2003 7:45 AM
    Subject: Re: ISS transit across sun
    
    
    > What would be even cooler would be a transit (ISS, shuttle, or both)
    during a total eclipse- they'd blink out as they entered the moon's shadow,
    but they'd be nice and bright before and after.
    
    >they'd blink out as they entered the moon's shadow.
    
    In my thinking---and this is not a mathematical analysis for sure and may be
    totally wrong :~) but, if the observer was looking toward the low earth
    orbit (LEO) satellite that was about to enter the moon's shadow the observer
    would have to be relatively close to the line of sight of the sun/moon. That
    would make it so the sunlight would be on the far side of the satellite
    which would make it a silhouette (thereby invisible).
    
    Clear skies,
    
    Tom
    Iowa
    
    
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