Measurement of Total Electron Content with a Geostationary Satellite During the Solar Eclipse of March 7, 1970
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1971 by the American Geophysical Union.
Volume 6, Issue 8-9, pages 769–773, August-September 1971
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1971), Measurement of Total Electron Content with a Geostationary Satellite During the Solar Eclipse of March 7, 1970, Radio Sci., 6(8, 9), 769–773, doi:10.1029/RS006i008p00769., and (
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 12 OCT 1970
This note deals with the measurement of the total electron content of the ionosphere at the Goddard Space Flight Center, looking towards the geostationary satellite ATS 3 during the solar eclipse of March 7, 1970. Obscuration at this site was nearly total. Faraday rotation was measured with a stationary circularly polarized antenna and a dual-channel phase-lock receiver tuned to 137.350 MHz. By comparing the electrical phase of the two opposite circularly polarized components, a continuous chart recording was made of Faraday rotation versus local time. A depletion of about 25% in electron content was observed from first contact to the time of minimum electron content. The time variations of the electron content during the eclipse are briefly examined in the light of current theories of ionospheric processes.