Re: Observation of Telstar 401 (93 77A, 22927)

Robert Sheaffer (sheaffer@netcom.com)
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 23:17:11 -0800 (PST)

Mike McCants
> 
> 
> In general, it fluctuated from mag 9 to 13.5 or 14, with brightenings
> at 3:37, 3:39, 3:47, 3:53, 4:00, 4:07, and 4:19/20.  The major
> brightenings were at 4:07 and 4:19/20, possibly indicating a period
> of about 12 or 13 minutes.

To what do you attribute this variation in brightness? Do you think
it is because of an uncontrolled tumbling of the satellite? Do
"well-behaved" geosync satellites exhibit similar fluctuations?

Move over, Superbird A - here comes Telstar T401!


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