Friday, March 14, 2014

Sun Transits

Lately, our normally-brutal internet has become almost unbearable for certain parts of the day. I have been SO CLOSE to throwing the laptop out the window because it is so frustrating. At first I thought it was the modem or the router, and then was reminded it was the dreaded season of sun transits.

What are sun transits you ask? Or maybe you didn't ask, but I will tell you anyway!



Twice a year, the sun aligns itself directly behind satellites for a few minutes each day. When a satellite is directly between the sun and the receiving satellite dish on earth, the sun's enormous radio frequency noise overpowers the satellite signal. This causes a brief service disruption which may take the form of noise, fading or interruptions to long distance phone calls, data, internet, television and radio services whose signals are carried via satellites. The interruption can last up to 20 minutes a day for up to 14 consecutive days.


You can imagine trying to get anything done during those periods of time. Especially when we rely so heavily on satellites to stay connected. Frustrating!

Hopefully it'll be over soon and we'll to back to just brutal connections, rather than unbearable. ;)

-L


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