Re: golf ball visual magnitude?

From: Moritz Heger (moritz.heger@gmx.de)
Date: Tue Mar 07 2006 - 14:44:15 EST

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    According to my mathematical model and its numerical integration, for a 
    spherical satellite of diameter 0.04267 m and mass 0.04593 kg (golf 
    ball), put into orbit in late July, it takes 45 days to decay from a 
    circular orbit of 350 km height and 51.6° inclination to 120 km height, 
    and further 29 minutes to decay from 120 km to ground, assuming it would 
    survive reentry heating.
    
    Moritz Heger
    
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