satellite magnitude

From: Daniel Magoon (
Date: Fri Jan 19 2007 - 20:05:22 EST

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    Hello everyone
                              I'm new to satellite observation.  Tonight I 
    tried to observe Cosmos 1222( USSPACECOM Catalog No.:12071) It is listed 
    on Heavens Above as a mag. 3.3 .  I can observe mag. 3-4 stars with the 
    naked eye such as delta Andromeda.  why is it so difficult to see a mag. 
    3 satellite?
    Marshfield,MA USA
    - Latitude:42.0780 N
    - Longitude:70.6500 W
    - UT Offset: -5:00 (EST) 
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