Another Tselina strangeness, space debris, and names

Walter Nissen (dk058@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Mon, 8 Apr 1996 12:05:11 -0400

Last night I observed 2 rapid flashes, < 1/4 second, > 1 mag, separated by 
114.19 seconds, from C* 2221.  The first flash was brighter and possibly 
longer.  It was quite steady for the rest of the pass, > 3 minutes.  So it 
joins C* 1908 in the class of Tselina objects having exhibited strange 
behavior on (so far) very few occasions.  I think both of these objects 
are well worth watching. 
 
By the way, does anyone know if Tselina is a proper name, or a Russian 
word, or both? 
 
My apologies to all for my recent failure to provide all three satellite 
names; as I am perfectly happy to harangue everyone else to do. 
 
>This may a good place to add what names satellites have. And to tell the 
>people they should absolutely refrain from using that dreaded US Spacecom 
>number (the old NORAD number). The only official code is the COSPAR-ID, 
>under a treaty of the UN. Hey yanks, it's time to change your ways and 
>stop using an americo-centered number ! :-) 
 
When the Europeans decide which one of the dozen or more extant formats 
for writing the COSPAR-ID they prefer to standardize on, and actually do 
so, who knows what could happen?  People on this side of the pond may 
actually start paying attention?!  I'd still like to see a base-36 number, 
which would still be only 3 digits for many years to come, but fear that 
it would become nothing but a fourth name. 
 
If anyone knows about space debris, it would be David Crawford, 
crawford@darksky.org.  He's head of the IAU Commission. 
 
Cheers. 
 
Walter Nissen                   dk058@cleveland.freenet.edu 
 
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C* 1908      6.0  2.0  0.0  5.9 
1 18748U 88001A   96096.12833234 +.00000265 +00000-0 +28275-4 0 03637 
2 18748 082.5124 316.3044 0021049 108.8044 251.5456 14.84728050445655 
C* 2221      6.0  2.0  0.0  5.9 
1 22236U 92080  A 96 95.17704007  .00000096  00000-0  14562-4 0  9693 
2 22236  82.5139 100.0268 0019811 253.5708 106.3312 14.73945334180730