Decay watch: Molniya r (#25486)

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Thu, 08 Oct 1998 19:29:33 -0600

Moln 1T? Moln r1                                 304 x 193 km
1 25486U 98054B   98282.04693994  .01703974  90741-3  10845-2 0 90472
2 25486  62.8179 273.5642 0083155 134.8176 225.8612 16.09387505  1619

Using the above elset, I observed #25486 passing through my target
stars at 01:17:53.4 UT on 9 Oct 98.  Predicted time was 01:17:52.2 UT.
Considering my watch and timing uncertainties, it was basically on time
and on track.

Based On Ed's obs last night, I continued watching it.  Minor fluctuations
soon became visible with it more obvious as it moved north.  Several
timings put the period that I observed at about 2.2 seconds.  I may have
missed intermediate changes that Ed noticed.

Excellent elset Alan!

I used binoculars but it should have been visible to the naked eye.

Ron Lee