Cosmos 1295 Rk (81-077B) PPAS - 9.1 seconds

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu May 11 2006 - 04:43:59 EDT

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    We had ten nights in a row of mostly spring storms with lots of 
    clouds.  I did manage to see a couple of bright ones (ISS and 
    Cosmos 2405) during those nights, between clouds.  Earlier 
    tonight I got timings on one that didn't have an "f" or a "t" 
    (for "flashing" or "tumbling") in my Quicksat magnitude file.  
    I had some trouble as to when to click on the maxima.
    
    12682, Cosmos 1295 Rk --
    81- 77 B 06-05-11 02:58:11   EC   91.1 2.0  10  9.1   +5.0->i
    timings: 9.15, 9.04, 8.81, 9.73, 18.48, 17.98, 17.86
    
    Suitsat was tumbling more rapidly this time, I believe, than 
    when it was previously visible here -- about three weeks ago 
    (plus or minus a week?).
    
    On Saturday evening, April 29 local time (April 30 UTC), I was
    trying to see the bright sparkling maximum of USA 81 when I saw
    a flash higher up with my peripheral vision.  I saw another and
    got my binocular on it and was able to watch it for about a 
    minute total before it either went into shadow or just quit
    flashing.  It was going nearly straight up in the west, through
    what I think of as the head of Leo; so it was traveling west to 
    east.  This was at about 3:25 UTC.  When Mike and his family 
    returned from being out of town and I told him about it, he had 
    seen it also, from roughly 200 miles (320 km) WNW.  The thing 
    is -- there was no match.  It was an unid.  Its flash period 
    was just two or three or four seconds.  (My clicks were few and 
    erratic.)  
    
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    
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