Flashes: Orion 3, COMETS, Intercosmos 19, Molniya 3-43

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Fri Dec 22 2000 - 05:08:05 PST

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    Haven't been to bed yet due to watching Ursids...
    Last night Orion 3 (25727, 99-024A) did at least a couple 
    of bright flashes quite a way before culmination.
    COMETS (25175, 98-011A) did a -2 flash as it approached
    near zenith; it's tumbling but I haven't gotten tumble 
    period yet.  Too tired now to check PPAS....
    Intercosmos 19 (11285, 79-020A) flashed three or four
    times again.  Still not sure it's tumbling.
    Molniya 3-43 (22255, 92-085A) has a flash period of about 
    4.4 seconds and with handheld 10x50 binoculars in the last 
    few sessions has been visible very low in the south --
    range about 8,000 km -- but rapidly gets too faint.  (It 
    was mentioned and its photo appeared in those articles 
    about telescope tracking of Molniyas.)
    The very low pass of GPS 47 Delta (26606,  00-071B) was
    about +0.5 magnitude, steady, at range of about 280 km.
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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