Clarke belt


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Clarke belt

The geosynchronous (also geostationary) orbit that satellites are placed into. It was named after Arthur C. Clarke who proposed the concept in 1945. See GEO and Clarke's laws.
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The chart at left shows elevations above the horizon and the celestial declinations where the Clarke Belt appears when on the meridian for an observer's given latitude.
A large field of view requires less-accurate telescope pointing to locate the Clarke Belt, but the easiest way to detect a geosynchronous satellite is by its apparent motion relative to the stars.
Weather satellites also inhabit the Clarke Belt, but for most Earth monitoring, a sun-synchronous, or polar, orbit is favoured.