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How did they manage to record that, are they using high speed cameras to record the surface of the Sun? It doesn't really make sense...
How come this artifact appears in the middle of the field, it is like it was created there? A possible reflection?
reply to post by skyblueworld
Its a satellite. The nuclear battery is out at the end of the boom. The boom arm puts distance between the battery and the onboard instruments to prevent interference from ionizing radiation emitted by the battery.
I saw a satellite transit the moon thru my telescope once. It hard solar panels though, not a nuclear power source.
Usually, satellites bound for the outer reaches of the Solar system utilize nuclear power sources because the suns energy is to weak to power solar cells.
Why this one is orbiting earth with a nuclear battery is…
I'll have to use George Lucas's fiction to come up with an answer...
"When satellites reach the end of their mission, satellite operators have the option of de-orbiting the satellite, leaving the satellite in its current orbit or moving the satellite to a graveyard orbit. Historically, due to budgetary constraints at the beginning of satellite missions, satellites were rarely designed to be de-orbited. One example of this practice is the satellite Vanguard 1. Launched in 1958, Vanguard 1, the 4th man-made satellite put in Geocentric orbit, was still in orbit as of August 2009."