Re: OAO 2 Rk (03598) -- magnitude 1 or 0

Anthony Beresford (
Wed, 23 Oct 1996 21:02:53 +0930 (CST)

At 03:15 AM 10/23/96 -0500, you wrote:
>When it appeared during my Monday evening observing time, OAO 2 Rk 
>(03598, 68 110B) was up to 4 magnitudes brighter than predicted by 
>Quicksat.  I presume it was a case of excellent sun-object-observer 
>angle (as well as object orientation).  (I wonder how much the glare
>of reflected moonlight added to its brightness? <grin>)
Ed ,
More years ago than I care to remember some times, the OAO rockets slowed
their tumble rates so much that the bright point of the cycle was 
so infrequent as to make naked eye tracking difficult. And for me they
make nearly overhead passes going Wto E. So I am not surprised that
a rare specular reflection would last for some time.
Tony Beresford