96-29B

Tristan Cools (tcools@nic.INbe.net)
Mon, 20 May 1996 21:21:50 +0200 (MET DST)

I was able to observe 96-29B this morning.(May 20)  The sun was just a few
degrees below the horizon so it was difficult to make an accurate positional
measurement. At 2h55m28s UT it was close to RA=20h55m Dec=49
degrees.(2000.0)  A second positional measurement was to difficult due to
the lack of background stars.  
However, I did make some flash timings as this object began to flash later
on with a much more visible amplitute.  With maximum flash magnitudes of mag
0 it had a flash period of 5.87s  I did not see any other object following
96-29B.

Just before I saw this object an other bright satellite was crossing its
path near Lyra where it faded away.  I later identified it as (the
deliberately exploded Eorsat) 80-89A/12054, Kosmos 1220.  This satellite
reached a maximum brightness of approximately mag +1.

Greetings,
 
Tristan Cools
tcools@nic.INbe.net
51.13N  3.16E