Visible tumblers

Edward S Light (light@argos.argoscomp.com)
Tue, 14 Apr 1998 13:28:54 -0400 (EDT)

Today (1998 Apr 14), Jari wrote ...
> From: finn@main.jetnet.ab.ca
> Subject: Tumblers
> 
> Besides NOSS 2-3 r and Iridium 27, what other satellites tumble at a good
> rate, thus giving a good visual display?
> 

Objects we've seen recently that vary nicely include ...

10820 78-042A  AMS 3 (OPS 6182) (DMSP F3)
  Maximum about 3rd magnitude, period roughly 12 seconds

12908 78-016C  FLTSATCOM 1 Atlas Centaur R/B
  Maximum magnitude 2-3 with an approximate period of 18 seconds

18710 87-106B  Cosmos 1904 SL-8 R/B
  Maximum of 5th magnitude with an 8-1/2 second periods

16908 86-061A  EGP
  About 3 very brief, bright (4th mag?) peaks in a couple of seconds period


There are MANY others; those are just the ones we bothered noting.


Clear and dark skies!
   Ed Light

Lakewood, NJ, USA
N 40.107, W 074.232, Hgt +21m