Molniya 2-9 flasher

Eric Vondra (evondra@usaor.net)
Sat, 11 Jul 1998 00:09:27 -0400

While observing Cosmos 44 tonight (11 July 0249 UT), I
spotted a flashing Molniya sat which fits Molniya 2-9 (74
026A, # 7276) quite well. One sharp flash to magnitude
6.5-7.5 every 6 seconds. Observed it for about 5 minutes,
but was unable to locate it again with 10x50 binoculars
after I went inside to ID it, about half an hour later. One
PPAS observation by Russell Eberst in 1993 listed a 12
second period for the satellite at that time.

Eric Vondra
Wampum, PA, USA