Re: golf ball visual magnitude?

From: Björn Gimle (bg_26934@glocalnet.net)
Date: Fri Mar 17 2006 - 09:18:58 EST

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    I didn't see a reply on the magnitude question.
    
    One of my earliest space notes states that 1 m2 cross-section of a white 
    sphere is +6.4 at 1000 km full-phase.
    
    Assuming a golf ball is 25 times smaller in diameter makes that +13.5 
    roughly.
    
    There is a trade-off between the range and the phase of a satellite 
    pass, which I don't care to search for (I believe I posted it to 
    SeeSat-L), or compute again.
    Assuming the "best" range is 400 km, I would get +11.5
    
    /Björn
    
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    >
    > Anyone on the list care to estimate what the visual magnitude of a 
    > golf ball would be if in a parallel orbit with the ISS? How long to 
    > decay?
    >
    
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