NOSS 7, Cosmos 1371

Jim Varney (
Tue, 15 Jun 1999 07:16:20 -0700

Beautiful night last night, so I decided to do some satellite watching (for 
the fun of it, as opposed to rigorous "observing").

I don't closely follow military sats, so I'm sorry if I am asking about old 
news.  What's up with NOSS 7 (16623 "D", 16624 "E", 16631 "H")?  I picked 
up a single satellite of the right brightness (about mag 7) moving in the 
right direction.  I scanned around it with my 10x50 binoculars but didn't 
see the other two members of the triplet.  Anyone know which I saw -- D, E 
or H?  Used the latest Molczan/McCants tle file.

Also, the payload Cosmos 1371 appears to be tumbling.  Did not have my 
watch in timing mode.  Rough estimate of period is 3 seconds.  "Inverted 
flashing" -- it was mag 6.5 for 3 seconds then briefly invisible then back 
again for 3 seconds...

Jim Varney        -121.398 W, 38.457 N, 10m
Member, Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society
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