Re:Sputnik heard!

Tony Beresford (
Mon, 03 Nov 1997 23:46:12 +1000

At 14:39 3/11/97 +0200, you wrote:
>The vice main designer of the Sputnik project, Oleg Ivanovski,
>says 40 years afterwards, that the Sputnik-1 was so small that
>it could not have been seen even on a black sky with stellar 
>telescope. For people who think they saw it Oleg has some 
>bad news: they actually only saw the glint from the last 
>phase of the rocket, circulating the globe without Sputnik.
Oleg Ivanovski & yourself are being overly pessimistic.
Sputnik 1 was observed to be mag 6, by the Sacremento and
San Antonio moonwatch teams. ( October 16,1957).
These observations are reasonably consistent with what you
would expect for a specular reflecting sphere of its size.
Tony Beresford