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Just after totality ends

February 20, 2008


Unfortunately, this is the best my little cam can do. This was taken just after the end of totality.

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  1. February 22, 2008 9:42 pm

    I once nominated you as “science guy” in a perimeter post. Awesome picture. Any idea as to why the satellite was knocked out during those brief moments of totality? Hmmm.

  2. February 22, 2008 10:05 pm

    I don’t know the answer, but if I was to make a best guess, it would have to do with visibility. A lunar eclipse always happens during a full moon. When the moon is full, it’s harder to view objects in the sky, including satellites. Remembering that the missile that was launched didn’t have a warhead, there wouln’t be a huge bright explosion, so you would want as dark a sky as possible to see if you got a hit. They had a whole hour of good visibility at a time where it would be at least a week before the sky was dim enough for good visibility.

    Again, that’s just a guess. Phil Plait has a video up about the satellite on Bad Astronomy, but I haven’t gotten to view it yet. Maybe he explains it there?

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