Re: Iridium Flares ground projection

Neil Clifford (
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 23:28:45 +0000 (GMT)

|>sweeping by.  It is also possible that high altitude aircraft or an
|>imaging satellite could see the light cone reflecting off cloud tops or
|>open ocean.

Perhaps it's just me (and perhaps this is veering dangerously into the
off topic zone [eek]; I'll take a risk) but has anyone watched monster
flares through (reasonably thin) cloud cover and got the impression that
you can make out the beam of projected light along the line of sight (eg
approx. a frustum of scattered light where the beam crosses the cloud).
Or is this just my bad eyesight/some psycho-visual effect (this got me
thinking about the shape and extent of the beam)?

Neil Clifford                                       <>