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Amateur Radio: German manages solar eclipse photo from lunar perspective

2019-08-16T13:49:06.581Z

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Sörup (dpa) - An amateur radio from Schleswig-Holstein has published a spectacular photo of a solar eclipse from the moon perspective, which was made by a Chinese satellite.

The photo shows in the foreground the craters of the rugged back of the moon and in the background the blue earth with a black spot top left. Earlier, the "Bild" newspaper reported on it.

The photo was taken on 2 July and shows the solar eclipse over the Pacific with Chile, said Kühn the German press agency. It was recorded by the Chinese satellite "Longjiang 2" - and the command to download the image came from the 70-year-old amateur radio Reinhard Kühn from Sörup near Flensburg.

The former banker, who has been a passionate amateur radio operator for 50 years, has been working with the Chinese since mid-2018. "They've realized they need someone who can make the uplink when the moon is no longer visible in China," he said.

For the Chinese satellite, Kühn of the Harbin Institute of Technology in China, under his project manager Wei Mingchuan, received a database of commands that he can broadcast via his antenna. So he could also give the order for download. The photo was then received via the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in the Netherlands and from Chinese stations.

Tammo Jan Dijkema from the Camras Foundation, which operates the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope, confirmed the download. He had operated the telescope when the photo was downloaded from the satellite, he told the dpa. The co-rights to the picture has earned Kühn so - with his callsign DK5LA he stands under it.

Source: zeit

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