Cosmos 2405 - Wow!

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sat Jun 03 2006 - 15:44:51 EDT

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    Last night there was a nearly straight up pass of Cosmos 2405
    (04-020A, 28350) in the NNW.  When I looked to see it, it was
    at least -4, if not one or two magnitudes brighter than that!
    Wow!  The range as it climbed in the sky before going into 
    shadow was between about 250 and 200 miles (400 and 320 km).  
    The prediction I had said the phase angle was 103 (somewhat
    less than 50% illuminated).
    I looked unsuccessfully for quite a long time last night for 
    Express AM-11 (04-015A, 28234).  It may be that the changing
    declination of the Sun has moved its flare track away from 
    this latitude (+30.3).
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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