RE: AO-40 magnitude

From: Dale Ireland (
Date: Thu May 17 2001 - 16:38:35 PDT

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    Don't you have to consider things like albedo, illumination angle, besides
    the cross sectional area. Also, shape.. flat, spherical, etc. or is there
    some "rule of thumb".
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Jonathan T Wojack []
    I understand where you get the 8.5 mag drop for the increased range, but
    does anyone know how to compute the theoretical magnitude when the RCS is
    NOT equivalent to ~ 2m^2?
    BTW, what is "WSRN"?
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