Cosmos 2227 at zero magnitude

Brian Hunter (bkh@chem.QueensU.CA)
Mon, 3 Mar 1997 12:28:51 -0500

At 00:15UT on March 1st, I observed Cosmos 2227  ( 92  93A, 22284) as
bright as Sirius.  I had observed it near
Xi Perseus earlier in the same pass and it was not particularly bright.  I
looked away for another satellite and was
in the process of checking my computer when I saw a second Sirius a bit
lower!  It stayed bright for about 20 seconds
and slowly faded.   This is consistent with the 80 square metre
cross-section from the OIG data.  I am a bit surprised by
how long it remained as bright as it did.



Brian K. Hunter,                              Department of Chemistry
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