Re: spaceweather - EQUINOX SUN OUTAGES

From: Ramon van der Hilst (
Date: Mon Mar 07 2011 - 17:33:53 UTC

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    Might it then be possible to see the geosats transit the Sun, or are they
    too small at that distance?
    On 7 March 2011 15:28, Kevin Fetter <> wrote:
    > At spaceweather
    > EQUINOX SUN OUTAGES: Many readers reported an intermittant loss of
    > satellite TV reception over the weekend. Was the sun to blame? Yes and no.
    > It is likely that the sun caused the problem, but not because of solar
    > flares. Now is the time of year for the "equinox conjunction," when the sun
    > lines up with the satellite and the receiving satellite dish. When this
    > happens, radio interference from the sun competes with signals from the
    > satellite and can create noise levels several decibels higher than normal.
    > The problem, which typically persists for 5 to 15 minutes, is referred to as
    > a "sun outage" and is often confused with sunspot or solar flare activity.
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