MOLNIYA 1-63 flashes, Cosmic 4 and 5 getting near each other

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Jun 21 2006 - 11:59:30 EDT

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    MOLNIYA 1-63 ( 15429 ) flashed nicely for a couple minutes this morning, as it's been doing for
    awahile. 
    
    I observed it flashing brightly at around 6:38 UTC ( June 21 ) Helios 2A just happened to fly by,
    while the blinking show was going on.
    
    http://www.kfetter.com/satvideo/062106/28492.wmv
    
    I find MOLNIYA 1-63 seems to flash early each night.
    
    It gives muti flashes, but in the video you'll only see one bright flash. It all depends on where
    the sat is with repect to the observer and sun, as this has an effect on the flashing. Just like
    the effect it gives during an iridium flare.
    
    Cosmis 4 ( 29050 )and 5 ( 29051), called  FORMOSAT 3D and FORMOSAT 3E by spacetrack, are getting
    closer to each other as time passes by. They are predicted to be closest to each other at a time
    between 21 to 22 UTC on June 27. They are not the brightest thing to observe, so better have a
    good pass to see them.
    
    Soon I hope to show, them both in the same feild of view, once there distance from each other
    decreaes so more.
    
    Video showing one passing, followed by the other soon after. 
    
    http://www.kfetter.com/satvideo/062106/29051.wmv
    
    Kevin
    
    44.6062 N
    75.6910 W
    
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