Raduga 33 one-power flashes

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Sun, 21 Mar 1999 17:04:46 -0600

Last night at the star party at Canyon of the Eagles, where
limiting magnitude was +6 or better, several of us saw a 
number of one-power flashes from Raduga 33 (23794, 96-10A) 
when it was at a range of about 24,000 km, give or take a 
couple of thousand.  Estimates of flash magnitudes were as
bright as +2 for some of them.  The flashes occurred every 
17 seconds.  

By the way, that pair of Iridiums (20 and 44) was very nice 
using binoculars, but there were only a few one-power flashes
during the five minutes or so that they were in binocular 

There was a pass of Hotbird 5 Rk (25496, 98-57B, a Centaur) 
that raised some question about SpaceCom's RCS value for it
of 5 square meters.  This is a high-drag object.

Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA