Re: Molniya 2-9 flasher

Ron Lee (
Sat, 11 Jul 1998 11:50:01 -0600

I looked for this object last night at about 0500 UT just after
observing Molniya 3-49. I failed to see it.  Many possible reasons
but perhaps Eric can look for it again soon to verify the identity.

Ron Lee

At 12:09 AM 7/11/98 -0400, you wrote:
>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