If you placed solar cells on a tidally locked planet without an atmosphere, would it matter where you placed them? (equator or termination line)

What a great question.

As someone with experience with installing solar panels, the panels should be ideally pointed at the sun, obviously.

You specify a tidally locked planet (not moon, like Earth’s Moon), and so the idea would be your planet would have no atmosphere and tidally locked with it’s star.

Then as long as there weren’t obstructions like mountains and hills, it would not matter where on the planet you placed the solar collectors as long as they pointed directly at the star (or sun) since no atmosphere would be there to filter the light.

Author: Wayne Boyd

Wayne Edward Boyd was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1953. He is a published author, former ISKCON sannyasi, and traveler, having lived on 3 continents and visited 37 countries. He presently lives in Amarillo, Texas working as a correctional officer and has interests in photography, political science and astronomy.

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