RE: ICESAT laser status?

From: Brad Young (
Date: Fri Jan 13 2006 - 09:22:26 EST

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    Is the laser perhaps the explination for my wild ride trying to view IceSat
    (27642)? For several passes this fall I missed it but blamed phase angle or
    user error. Finally on Dec 21 I saw it ascending through Pegasus and naked
    eye (4th mag), and it was very close to overhead pass (83 deg in W). The
    very next visible pass was missed, although the phase angle was not much
    less. I did not see a "green light" but perhaps this explains why I finally
    saw it after so much effort.
    Brad Young
    Tulsa, OK USA
    +36.1 -95.9
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