Sun Outages: What Are They

If you've ever experienced your TV going out on a perfectly sunny day, you may have experienced a sun outage.

Posted: Mar. 15, 2019 6:32 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Many times during severe weather, you might experience your tv service going out, or losing some service on your cell phone.

But did you know the same thing can happen on a perfectly sunny day?

First, we need to know a little about the earth, and what's around it.

The earth is constantly orbiting around the sun.

That's what gives us day and night, along with our seasons.

But we also have satellites orbiting around the earth.

Those are responsible for tv, cell phones, and even GPS.

Every now and then, as a satellite orbits around the earth, it can line up just right, being directly in between the earth and the sun.

This can cause interference, also known as a sun outage.

So what can it affect?

Everything from your satellite tv or radio, to your cell phone or gps.

Luckily, there is a small window of how long an outage stays in effect.

But you can typically see them around the spring and autumn equinox.

This is becase the equator is directly beneath the sun at these times.

So when it comes to weather, it can take out your satellite dring a severe thunderstorm.

But even on a bright sunny day, you can experience those same effects if we have just the right conditions.

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