Solar Outage Season: Useful Information You Need to Know

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Here comes the sun! Solar outage season is almost upon us. If you’ve ever experienced a sudden, yet brief disruption in your TV services during the spring or fall, a solar outage may have been the culprit.

A solar outage is a common and harmless phenomenon. However, it is helpful to understand how they work and what you can do to stay alert. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about solar outage season.

Everything to Know About Solar Outages

What are solar outages?

Solar outages occur when radiation from the sun causes temporary satellite signal loss that briefly disrupts telecommunication services. These outages can affect any communication system that relies on satellite signals, including your TV services from United and Turtle Mountain Communications.

When do solar outages occur?

Solar outage season occurs for about a week in the spring and fall. Most satellites we use for telecommunications services are stationed about 22,236 miles above the equator. However, the sun is also positioned above the equator during the spring and fall equinoxes. When satellites cross paths with intense solar energy, signal loss can take place.

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How long do they last?

Fortunately, signal loss from a solar outage is usually brief – lasting anywhere from a few seconds up to 15 minutes. Some outages can last up to an hour, depending on atmospheric conditions and the strength of solar energy at the time of the outage.

Sign Up for Service Outage Alerts

While our team wishes we could control the sun and satellites in the sky (wouldn’t that be fun?), we can keep you updated about service outages. Sign up for service outage alerts – a simple way to stay informed about any service disruptions in your area. If you have any questions about how to enroll, contact our team and we’ll happily assist you!