Raduga 33 -- third time at 1x

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Tue, 28 Apr 1998 03:57:37 -0500

Mike McCants and I observed very bright (+1.5) one-power 
flashes from Raduga 33 (23794, 96-10A) again, early on 
April 28 (from shortly before 3:37 to about 3:39 UTC, with 
about 16 seconds between the one-power flashes, which
appeared to be every fourth flash visible in binoculars).  

Such flashes from Raduga 33 were first identified early 
on 19 April 1998.  I saw them again early on 24 April
(about 2:40 UTC).  

It appears that these flashes *may* be fairly reliable.  
In each of these three cases, it's been when Raduga 33 
was at an altitude of about 50 to 60 degrees above the 
horizon at azimuth of about 30 to 40 degrees (with north 
being zero).  

Raduga 33 is in a highly eccentric orbit with a mean motion 
of about 2.229 orbits per day.

Aside -- CBS Television's "Up to the Minute" overnight 
news program just had a a brief mention with video of 
the Delta 2 tank that Mike and his wife saw after it 
survived re-entry and landed about 50 meters from a house 
near Georgetown, Texas, early in 1997.  It's on display 
somewhere.

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