RE: NOSS Question

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@home.com)
Date: Tue Jan 23 2001 - 17:29:51 PST

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    Jonathan T Wojack asked:
    
    > I was at heavens-above.com today, and was looking at predictions for a
    > NOSS satelllite (NOSS 2-2 (D), to be specific).  However, its
    > predicted
    > magnitude was +6 to +8.  Isn't that much fainter than what
    > the observers
    > on this list report?  I recall observers mentioning that they
    > frequently
    > see the NOSS satellites at naked-eye.  Maybe I'm confused; or
    > heavens-above.com's magnitude estimate is too faint?
    
    NOSS objects commonly reach magnitude 4 to 6, but could be as faint as
    magnitude 8. This depends on the circumstances of the pass, mainly the distance
    from the observer and the phase angle.
    
    I may be able to be more specific in my comments, if you will e-mail the
    ephemeris to me.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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