Re: Pinpoint flashes (fwd)

Larry Klaes (
Tue, 16 Jul 1996 10:23:06 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 15 Jul 1996, Jim Varney wrote:

> MOS 1 has been reported as flashing but only at 5th magnitude.  However, it
> is possible that glints could have been seen.  The next night I saw 
> very bright glints -- mag 0 -- from Cosmos 1900 in the same part of the sky.
> The effect was like a flashcube popping.  Last night Cosmos 1900 in the east 
> was much dimmer and showed no glints.  Given that the sun set in the 
> northwest, the sun-satellite-observer angle may be favorable to 
> specular reflections off of solar panels or other flat surfaces.

Wasn't Cosmos 1900 one of those Soviet nuclear-powered sats that did not
eject its nuclear core into a higher orbit as planned and threatened to
fall on Earth around 1990?  Or have I got the wrong number?