88- 50 A (Cosmos 1953) discovered flashing

Bart De Pontieu (BDP@MPE.MPE-GARCHING.MPG.DE)
Thu, 02 Feb 1995 18:13:26 +0100 (CET)

While looking for one object, Ryan Rudnicki noticed a tumbling
Cosmos payload.  Here is his message (received through Mike McCants) :

>Yesterday evening, Feb. 1, I happened to catch what appeared to be
>Cosmos 1953.  This satellite was most distinctive because of its rapid
>flash rate.  
>I was really looking for Cosmos 1726 which was passing to the north 
>at virtually the same time.  Never actually saw it.  I was distracted by 
>Cosmos 1953.  Near its culmination, Cosmos 1953 reached about mag 2 every 
>6 to 8 seconds.  Then it would fade to below eye visibility level which 
>around here is around mag 3.5 or 4.
>Cosmos 1953 is 88 50A, norad 19210.

88- 50 A has four entries in the PPAS :

88- 50 A 89-05-07 21:53:00   PW                       S
88- 50 A 92-04-09 19:45      TC                       S, mag +3
88- 50 A 92-06-07 23:07      BD                       S, mag +4.0
88- 50 A 92-10-19 01:13      MM                       S, mag 3.5

Bart