Re: Intelsat 4-7 Rk & Cosmos 2349

Mir16609 (Mir16609@aol.com)
Tue, 10 Mar 1998 22:42:33 EST

In a message dated 98-03-10 04:53:07 EST, Ed Cannon wrote:

>  Cosmos 2349 (#25167, 98-09A) -- very nice!  My only prediction 
>  point was 15 miles from the shadow, alt 68 az 1, but it was 
>  easily visible (+2 at least) much closer to the horizon not 
...

I missed 2349 last night but observed it tonight at 19:04 EST (00:04 UT).
Making a brightness estimate was difficule due to light in the west and a
scatterind of clouds.  It was probably +3 or brighter.  It was really moving
across the sky too, even though it maximum elevation was only 42 deg (az-~247
deg.).     

>  Also saw Cosmos 2333 Rk (#24298, 96-51B), an easy, slowing
>  flasher, probably between mag. +2.0 and +2.5 on maxima.  I
>  enjoy its leisurely pace as it tumbles across the sky.  
...

This has been on of my favorites too.  It's bright enough where you can
acquire it early in the pass even through a summer Maryland haze.  With a 2
second period it looks like a blinking light going across the sky.

>  If memory serves, March 9 was the "second anniversary" of my 
>  getting into satellite watching, after seeing, due to reports

April will mark my first anniversay.   I found the Quicksat output at the
"Bright Satellites over Washington DC" web site and took my daughter to a
field near our house where we saw Mir and the Hubble Space Telescope within 10
minutes of each other.  Since then I've seen DMSP flares, Iridium flares, an
ascending shuttle's plume, and a Mir/Shuttle pass 4 hours after undocking.

It's been quite a year.

Cheers.
Don Gardner
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