Molniya 1-44 surprised me

From: Bram Dorreman (
Date: Mon Jun 14 2010 - 11:39:02 UTC

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    Molniya-1 44, int. design. 1979-070A 11474
    Almost at the end of my observation session of 2010-06-12/13 I was
    surprised by a +1 flash of a fast moving object. My first thougt was
    it concerned a newly launch of which I saw the rocket. So I was
    expecting more maxima. But they did not appear. In stead the object
    moved almost unable to see by the naked eye. I saw one more maximum,
    presumably +4 and that was it.
    I was able to identify this object. When looking at a recent TLE I
    noticed the perigeevalue is about 54 degrees so well near my latitude.
    It is worth to find it again but observing circumstances are
    diminishing because the perigee part of the orbit is disappering in
    the earth shadow. Still worth a try.
    Site 4160: 51.27931 N, 5.47683 E (WGS84), 35 m
    Bram Dorreman
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