Gorizont 17 timing

Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@saic.com)
Fri, 10 Sep 1999 12:27:35 -0700

Hi All,

Was enjoying mostly clear skies last night (10 Sept UT), so
decided to track down Gorizont 17 which I knew was close to
culmination for me in its slow westward drift.  Found it
easily enough, high in the south, doing its characteristic
slow flashes to magnitude +3.5 or so.  Started the stopwatch
and tracked it for an hour.  (Does this satellite ever stop
flashing??)  Period is now 82.914 +/- .005 seconds.  Mike
McCants measured it at 82.96 back on August 29, so its
period continues to slowly decrease.  (On January 7, I
timed it at 83.418).  PPAS report:

>From Newport Coast, CA [33.6028 N, 117.8263 W, 200m]

Gorizont 17, #19765
89-004A 99-09-10 06:00:13.0  RM 3648.22 0.2 44 82.914  mag +3.5 --> inv