Soon decaying

From: Björn Gimle via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:00:28 +0200
The unusual Molniya 1-44 #11474 is nearing its decay, currently predicted
at https://www.calsky.com/observer/satdecay.cgi?file=38267.png&lang=en for
Sep.17

It has for a long time had its perigee in the northern hemisphere due to
its 61 degree inclination (not 63.4 as the stable orbits). It is now
nearing the northern apex, which is now quite deep in the morning twilight,
so I should be able to see it in a few days, if weather cooperates.

I can't track it longer than about a week before this date, but futher east
it could be visible until decay. Since eccentricity is now close to 0.05,
observers there also have a good chance to witness the decay.
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Björn Gimle, COSPAR 5919
59.2617 N, 18.6169 E, 51 m
Satellite observation formats described:
http://www.satobs.org/position/IODformat.html
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