Solar Eclipse 2015

Solar Eclipse and AO-73 on 20-03-2015 starts 07:41 UTC and ends at 11:50 UTC.


Coming Friday there will be a solar eclipse and during this eclipse there are in my case 3 AO-73 (FUNcube-1) passes that go through this region. Therefore it is interesting to see how this phenomenon influences the satellite.

For my location (JO21) the following times are interesting (Times in CEST = UTC+1)

Solar Eclipse path 20-03-2015

First AO-73 pass in this periode starts 09:21 CEST
Second AO-73 pass in this periode starts 10:57 CEST (best opportunity)
Third AO-73 pass in this periode starts 12:33 CEST

When you look closely to the below image, taken from Oribitron you can see that Sun and Moon fall over each other.


I will listen for the AO-73 beacon during these three passes and upload the data to the FUNcube Warehouse.

NASA | Shadow of the Moon. The Moon’s shadow will create a total solar eclipse. This video presents several visualizations of what this shadow would look like from space, and highlights the areas of the world in the path of the umbra and penumbra.