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    Does an optical telescope launched on a satellite view the sky 24 hours a day? Is it its orbit that enables it to avoid the direction of light radiation from the sun?
    Sorry, I know this is a silly question, unfortunately it's just dawned on me that I don't know the answer!


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    Since there is no atmosphere, the telescope will view whatever it is in the direction it is pointed to, without any concern about day or night. The direction is usually under ground control, so all the controllers need to do is to avoid looking directly at the sun.


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    I depends on the telescope's orbit. Certainly, it should also avoid looking at the earth or the moon. The farther away the telescope is from earth, the less it blocks a certain area from looking at.
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