Re: AMS 2(DMSP F2)

JMason001@aol.com
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 20:42:17 EDT

In a message dated 98-09-30 01:39:58 EDT, you write:

<<     A quick question: Does AMS 2(DMSP F2),   77044A, flash or tumble?
  >>

Yes.  I saw this last week, and it had a complex (and pretty) flash pattern.
If memory serves, there was a dim flash, followed a second or so later by a
bright one, then it dimmed to invisibility for a couple of seconds.  (Of
course it was invisible when it went between the reference stars I had
selected for a position measurement!)  I was observing with 7x50 binoculars.
All times are from memory, as I made no effort to time the flash period.

Jim Mason