Re: Raduga 27 spinup

Jason Hatton (Jason.Hatton@unice.fr)
Wed, 9 Jun 1999 11:04:58 +0200 (MET DST)

>Hi!
>Together with Gunnar Glitscher, I had an oportunity to observe
>Raduga 27 this morning from 0:05 to 0:45 UTC. We observed
>two things:
>- The satellite is still spinning up. The period is now 78.5662 +- 0.005
>sec
>-  We both had the impression that the flashes are not symmetric. It seems
>   as if we have a bright -faint -bright -faint pattern, but this is very
>elusive.
>   Both (if they are different at all) were between mag 6 and 7.

I also made another long timing of Raduga 27 last night getting a similar
flash period (I have the exact timings at home). I didn't notice any major
differences in flash brightness between individual flashes, although I
wasn't looking for brightness differences. However, in previous
observations I have noticed some brightness differences between individual
flashes but I didn't note down which individual flashes were bright or
faint.

I'll look out for these brightness differences in future observations. It
might be interesting to see if there are any latitude / longnitude
differences for this effect.


Best wishes,


Jason


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