Oct 052016

Solar Outage Time October 2016

It is coming to the time of year when the suns path across the sky takes it behind the UK TV satellites, which results in the loss of some channels for up to 15 minutes mid morning.

This “solar outage” happens around the time of the Spring and Autumn equinox. In the northern hemisphere, sun outages occur before the March equinox (February, March) and after the September equinox (September and October).

More information on this solar outage can be found here :

Oct 022015

In the next few weeks it will be “solar outage” time again.

A solar outage (or sun outage) happens twice a year when the sun, UK TV satellites and the earth are in alignment, and there is an interruption or distortion of satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation.

When this happens, as the sun passes directly behind the UK TV satellites there can be a loss of some of the weaker satellite signals. This loss of channels is due to the Sun’s radiation swamping the satellite signal.


This happens around March and October time, around the time of the spring and autumn equinoxes.

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