SNAPSHOT C, D. SPUTNIK JR 3

JAY RESPLER (jrespler@superlink.net)
Tue, 04 May 1999 21:34:00 -0400

David Brierley said to me:
"65-27C and D, 1316 1389 are the 2 parts of a plastic nose fairing. 
They are bright objects, naked eye at times, but have very small radar
cross-sections.  I seem to remember it took NORAD a little while to
find them."

I had already seen D but decided to look for C. Its RCS is only 1.23.
I saw it once at mag 6 but was surprised to see it last Friday at mag
2.5! for 20sec. It then faded to >7 at 9:05.

It is rare to see something with such a small RCS appear so bright.

***  1999 Apr  30  Fri evening  *** Times are PM EDT  ***  2042  5 5
 H  M  S Tim Azi ElC Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  R A  Dec RCS  Name
 9  2 51  .0  87 72C 273 21.0   6 7  774 620  808 1213 38.8    Snaps C 

Snaps C 
1 01316U 65027C   99115.45345264 +.00000042 +00000-0 +10000-3 0 06165
2 01316 090.1801 164.1147 0039109 161.0161 199.2324 13.08609788614982

#25723 is varying 12sec mg 5-7
11 3  3  .0 348 30C  90 21.6   2 2  359  39  638 346 76.4    SL-08 RB


I thought Sputnik Jr 3 was a sphere, yet I found it flashing about
once per second, from mag 8 to 6. What would be causing the flashes?

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