RE: Anyone seen a Molniya at perigee??

Ted Molczan (molczan@fox.nstn.ca)
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 09:03:30 -0500

Ron Lee wrote:

>I have seen one at apogee (with an 8" telescope). 
>I wonder if they would be visible to the naked eye,
>and moving very quickly....near perigee.
>
>Since I live at 40 deg north latitude, I won't be able
>to do it.  Perhaps Tony might give it a try some night.

Thanks to a failed perigee-kick burn,
there is a Molniya stranded in LEO, 
which anyone can observe. Of course 
it won't have the incredible velocity 
at perigee of a Molniya in a standard
orbit, but that will make it easier to
track in binoculars. I do not know
off-hand whether or not the stranded
Molniya deployed its solar panels, and
antennae.

The object was named Cosmos 2084, which
is 90050A / NORAD 20663.

Ted Molczan