From: Jeffrey Simpson (
Date: Wed Sep 19 2001 - 17:45:14 EDT

Hi all
Last night (NZST) I was observing Cosmos 1726 on its first pass (19:09:27 to 
19:18:03 NZST)of the night. It was at about magnitude 3.0 when all of a 
sudden when it got to about ESE it became much fainter - to about 4.5. It 
remained visible for a two or three minutes after this drop in brightness. I 
was wondering whether this drop was caused by the satellite skirting the 
edge of the earth's shadow or whether it has something to do with the 
physical nature of the satellite.

Jeffrey Simpson

Invercargill 46.4233 S, 168.3532 E

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