Unknown satellite

Edward S Light (light@argoscomp.com)
Sat, 13 Jan 1996 22:36:47 -0500

In response to the recent message from Joe Dellinger:
>
>Date: Sat, 13 Jan 96 19:50:26 CST
>From: jdellinger@amoco.com (Joe A. Dellinger)
>To: seesat-l@iris01.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de
>Subject: what was that amazing flasher I just saw?
>
>	Just a few minutes ago (center of pass at 7:41PM CST) I saw an
>amazing flasher satellite go dead overhead, very slowly from North to South.
>My location is Tulsa, Oklahoma (about 36.1983 North, 95.8880 West).
>
>	It had a period of about 2 flashes per second, with peak magnitude
>about magnitude 1. It alternated two kinds of minimum, with one about
>magnitude 3-4 or so, and the other so deep it disappeared from view entirely
>to my naked eyes. One of the most impressive flasher satellites I've ever
>seen! Could anyone identify it for me so I could try to see it again? This
>would be an excellent one to show kids to get them interested, if it could
>be predicted to put on this good a show again!
>
>	Thanks!

a quicksat run strongly implies that the object seen was 23705 = 95-058B =
Cosmos 2322 Rocket. This evening, at the given coordinates, it made a near-
zenith pass at 7:41 PM CST moving from NNW to SSE. If my identification is
correct, it will be visible the next few evenings as follows (times are
for maximum elevation, and in all cases, the motion is from NNW to SSE):
  Sun 96 Jan 14  7:27 PM CST
  Mon 96 Jan 15  7:13 PM CST
  Tue 96 Jan 16  6:59 PM CST, and
  Wed 96 Jan 17  6:45 PM CST.

Clear skies!
Ed Light