Oldest naked-eye visible

Ruben Velasco (heston@arrakis.es)
Fri, 29 Aug 1997 22:48:33 +0200 (MET DST)

At 11:26 29/08/97 -0500, jdellinger@amoco.com (Joe Dellinger) wrote:
>
>	What is the oldest satellite currently in orbit that can reach
>NAKED EYE visibility? How about the oldest that can become bright enough
>to show people naked-eye from a suburban location, say 3rd magnitude?

A couple of weeks ago I saw a great pre-dawn pass of Cosmos 100 (the
rocket booster, #01844). I had my 12x50 binoculars, but it was quite
brilliant (I think mag ~2).  It was launched on Dec. 17, 1965.

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Escuela Superior de Ingenieros / Telecomunicacion.  Sevilla - SPAIN
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