Molniya Spin Stabilization

Ron Lee (
Wed, 10 Nov 1999 21:15:41 -0700

At 09:42 PM 11/10/99 -0600, you wrote:
>I find it kind of interesting how close this one's period (5.58 sec.
>as you reported on SeeSat) is to another one that I observed in 
>September or October, Molniya 3-38 (90-52A, 20646), whose period was
>5.55 seconds:
>I wonder if 5.5_ seconds is close to some normal spin-stabilization 
>period or fraction of a period for Molniyas..
>Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA

Most of my observations, perhaps ALL of them prior to this object, 
have been in a telescope so I probably missed any fluctuating.

Perhaps we should look at more Molniya's with a bent towards checking
a pattern beyond just two.

Ron Lee

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