Observation of near Decay 38036 Soyuz R/B - flashing

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Sat Dec 24 2011 - 16:03:17 UTC

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    The Soyuz R/B 38036 is very close to decay (by the time I write this it may be "has decayed....)
    
    Observed  at 1537 UTC flashing very rapidly peaking about mag -1 in the vicinity of Virgo.  Flashing was extremely rapid, about once a second, and I lost it before it went over the horizon (or rather the hills as they obstruct my vision for anything much below 10 degrees.)
    
    Sorry I did look at the exact time but I am not at my best at 4:37 a.m and didn't note it down!
    
    At least it establishes:
    
    (a) it was on time
    
    (b) it is tumbling rapidly
    
    (c) as far as I can determine it did not decay here but it was obviously darn close to it!  It seems to indicate that the second "final report" by Space-Track before the object has decayed is likely to be close.
    
    This could very well be the last observation made of it anywhere.
    
    Christmas Day here already and Santa sent me a nice flashing near decay to start the day :-)
    
    Just realised now wondering if it wasn't Santasat, search the archives lol.
    
    
    Robert
    Wainuiomata
    New Zealand
    41.261S
    174.948E
    
    
    
    
    
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