Oko -- Cosmos 1030 (78-038A) bright flashes

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Mon Dec 22 2003 - 02:44:59 EST

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    Confirmed that what I saw flashing Friday evening was Cosmos 1030 
    (78-083A, 11015, an Oko).  Last night (early Dec 22 UTC) many 
    flashes were very easy to see without binoculars.  Flash period 
    was 3.36 seconds; PPAS report:
    
    78- 83 A 03-12-22 01:46:42   EC   87.4 0.2  26  3.36  +1.5->inv
    
    Cosmos 1030   
    1 11015U 78083A   03348.74648096  .00000028  00000-0 -11643-3 0  6510
    2 11015  62.2447 201.0967 7483061 196.2469 110.6577  2.00381451185922
    
    As it's very nearly synchronous, it does almost identical passes 
    a few minutes earlier each night, disappearing southbound low in 
    our SSW.
    
    More PPAS reports:
    
    USA 102 (23031) some maxima -1 either 20 or 21 December --
    94- 17 B 03-12-20 00:43:01   EC   62.5 0.2  15  4.17  +1->inv
    
    Yuri 3B (21668), in the past some maxima have been visible 
    without binoculars --
    91- 60 A 03-12-20 04:19:51   EC 3798.5 0.4  52 73.05  +4.0->inv
    
    Shi Jian 4 Rk (22997) --
    94- 10 C 03-12-21 01:37:17   EC   71.3 0.5   9  7.9   +3.5->inv
    
    BCRC observing site: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m
    
    Regarding TLEs, upon further thought, I think I could help track 
    Globarstars also.  But I wonder if the elements of constellations 
    like that and Iridium and Orbcomm will be publicly available.
    
    Sunday evening BCRC was illuminated by a very bright fireball
    meteor.  Mike said that it lit up the ground.  I was looking at 
    the USA 160 pair with binoculars and the light in my peripheral
    vision drew me to look quickly enough to see it fragmenting at
    the end.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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