Re: New Zenit upper stage - probable fast flasher

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Wed Jun 23 2004 - 05:18:21 EDT

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    I got a lucky break, thin and broken cloud cover, and was able 
    to observe Cosmos 2406 Rk (04-021B, 28353).  At first, as Ed 
    Light and two on s.a.s.v-o have reported, at first it seemed 
    fairly steady.  But farther north it began to flash rapidly, 
    too fast for me to count well.  Here are seven attempted sets 
    of ten cycles each (June 23 UTC), then I lost it behind trees:
    8:43:31.8 -- 5.41, 5.69, 6.05, 6.26, 6.53, 6.16, 6.60 -- 8:44:14.5
    So that is roughly a period of .6 second.  I was using 8x42 
    binoculars outside my apartment, not a good location, besides 
    the cloud issues.  It was easy to see without the binoculars, 
    maybe at least +1.5, while in the west corner of the great 
    square of Pegasus.
    I was able to easily see Aqua (02-022A, 27424), maybe for the 
    first time.  It was quite bright through the thin cloud.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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