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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Are satellites visible during a total eclipse of the sun?

Yes, but only the brightest ones. Even when the sun's disk is completely hidden by the moon during the short period of totality, the sky is still not completely dark. This is because of the suns glowing corona and because the light is scattered by the clouds and atmosphere from the area outside the zone of totality. Remember also, that the satellites themselves are also dimmed by the moon's shadow, even if they are outside the zone of totality.