C 2351 r & Flare

finn@main.jetnet.ab.ca
Wed, 24 Jun 1998 00:41:18 -0600 (MDT)

Using this elset:

C 2351 Moln r1   6.0  2.0  0.0  5.0 d            225 x 176 km
1 25328U 98027B   98175.04660496  .03564773  67581-2  83249-3 0 91782
2 25328  62.8319 123.7784 0037834 119.8848 240.4916 16.27050491  7588

Cosmos 2351 r came into view at 05:59:41 UTC 24 Jun, 22 minutes earlier than
the previous night's pass so the sky was a bit lighter, Cassiopeia was
barely visible. It continued it's slow tumble and three times it went out of
1 power view and it's peak magnitude reached only about 0, it was hard to
judge in the twilight. It only took about 2 minutes to cross my field of view.

After a long dry spell, there was a flare predicted for my location at a
decent time and only 10 minutes after the pass of Cosmos 2351 r. It was
Iridium 62, predicated -2 and i'd say it reached that. It was within seconds
of the Iridflar prediction of 00:09:09L. It was also my first west flare as
all the others have been to the north east.

Jari