Lunar Eclipse

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Lunar Eclipse

Post by LoneBear » Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:33 pm

Something interesting... I was chatting with Alluvion today over IM and the satellite connection kept dropping out. Started about 1:30pm in the afternoon, then around 3:45, it wouldn't connect at all. I called Starband and they were getting calls from many other people with exactly the same problem. They did something, the satellite reset, and everything started working again OK around 4:20.

Now the interesting bit is that a total lunar eclipse started today at 1:18, my time. Right when the problems started. The eclipse peaked at 3:44, right when the satellite died altogether. Just as the eclipse finishes, satellite service was restored.

I find it interesting because the moon is behind the Earth and the satellite I'm using is in geosync orbit--sun side at the time. How can the shadow of the Earth moving over the moon cause satellite disruption on the other side of the planet?

To quote Kosh, "And so, it beings."

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