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Subject: Can we create an artificial solar eclipse?

Date: Wed Jun 20 04:47:49 2001
Posted by ernest
Grade level: teacher/prof School: No school entered.
City: No city entered. State/Province: Calif Country: usa
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 993026869.As

Would it be possible to create an artificial solar eclipse using a circular 
object in earth orbit to cast a shadow on our planet's surface? If such an 
orbiting object were at a distance of the international space station, how big 
would it have to be? Could an artificial eclipse be used as a weapon by denying 
sunlight to a certain city or country? What might it's potential be as a 
tourist attraction?

Re: Can we create an artificial solar eclipse?

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