Re: Regarding Geos

From: Björn Gimle (bjorn.gimle@gmail.com)
Date: Mon Aug 27 2012 - 15:03:53 UTC

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    I'd say they are possible, and predictable, but difficult.
    Many observations have been reported, but of many different Molniyas.
    I never observed, or read of, anyone seen more than twice.
    It may need a longer sequence to ascertain the rotation axis, and the
    possibly different reflecting areas.
    Furthermore, many of them are quite affected by drag, which might
    alter their spin axis.
    
    2012/8/26 Jon Mikel <jonmikelk@gmail.com>:
    > Its possible a flare of a non0-operational molniya? If it is, its
    > predictable, or normally they tumble? Thanks.
    >
    > 2012/8/26 Björn Gimle <bjorn.gimle@gmail.com>
    >>
    >> There are many flashing Molniyas, I have seen a few to mag -1 to +2 at
    >> 20000 km range
    >>
    >> 2012/8/26 Brad Young <allenb_young@yahoo.com>:
    >> >
    >> > Elsewhere in the sky, objects will generally show motion, except in the
    >> > highest (apparently slowest) point of the Molniya orbits. However, these are
    >> > generally very faint and I don't remember seeing anyone flared by one of
    >> > these objects.
    >> >
    >>
    
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