[Loadstone] visible satellites

Rob Melchers rob at loadstone-gps.com
Wed Jan 21 19:41:25 GMT 2009


The old story tells 24 sats, at the moment there are 32 up which means 5 
per plane. Good chance to 'see' 12 on Tenerife.

Rob

At 1/21/2009, you wrote:
>Hi all:
>
>A conundrum for the academics.
>
>I have just returned from a much needed holiday in a location of
>28.5N 16.5W approximately.
>Otherwise known as Tenerife.
>
>The number of visible satellites was frequently reported to be 9 or 10,
>occasionally even 11 and 12.
>
>On one occasion, 13.
>
>On my return I have spoken with a friend who derived the algorithms for the
>Surrey University satellites to explain why 13, but we cannot conclude why
>this high number.
>
>The usual explanation is 12 per hemisphere, but in reality I believe them to
>be 8 in three 120 degree out of phase orbits.
>
>Can anyone elucidate?
>
>
>
>David W Wood
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