Re: Cosmos 398

Programer (progrmer@max.tiac.net)
Tue, 21 Nov 1995 13:37:40 -0500 (EST)

On Tue, 21 Nov 1995, Josh R. Williams wrote:

> Anyone else out there in Seesat-L world seen Cosmos 398? It is Norad 
> number #04966, and I must tell you it was really bright, I put it at Mag 
> 1 to 0.... I couldn't believe I was looking at it... SO I checked my 
> charts and that was the only thing that was supposed to be there... :) I 
> was truly amazed because I have it down on my list as being Mag. +2 on a 
> good pass, so I must have gotten lucky.... 

hmm that does seem a bit brighter than normal for C* 398.  But it is 
decaying so maybe its gotten a bit lower and etc...

1 04966U 71016A   95211.84994501  .00109508  89604-5  10419-3 0  9553
2 04966  51.4121  23.6744 0518246 245.1147 109.5116 15.11192231831761
1 04966U 71016A   95262.07903445  .00302135  10061-4  21378-3 0    54
2 04966  51.3937 143.5083 0430048  67.0140 297.5488 15.33982379839403
1 04966U 71016A   95315.86130585  .00374909  10708-4  14295-3 0   974
2 04966  51.3811 232.0234 0241177 273.5410  83.8055 15.82313610847789

it looks like it's going to reenter relativly soon, maybe someone can do 
a reentry estimate on C* 398?

It might be cool to see the failed Russian Lunar Lander burn up some 24 
years later :) 

Marek
progrmer@tiac.net
http://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~progrmer