Unstable Cosmos 2293

Maley, Paul D. (PMALEY@GP808.jsc.nasa.gov)
Tue, 09 Apr 1996 08:46:16 -0500

Cosmos 2293 (94-072A)(#23336), which was reported on the net to have 
recently maneuvered into a lower orbit, was observed from Houston last night 
(April 9 at 0149UT) to be unstable.  It exhibited interesting naked eye 
brightness variations ranging over 1.5 magnitudes. Two 0 magnitude flashes 
occurred during the pass within 1 second of each other. Patterns of 3 maxima 
23 seconds apart with secondary maxes in between  were noted in two groups. 
The patterns were broken by a long interval.

Paul Maley
pmaley@gp808.jsc.nasa.gov