Re: Iridium Flare lights up clouds?

Tony Beresford (
Mon, 06 Apr 1998 00:35:48 +0900

At 09:28 5/04/98 -0500, Jim wrote:
>I watched one of the Iridiums flare up to -4 or better last week and saw
>what looked like a cloud being illuminated.
>It was a near cloudless night, but at the flare hit max there was a
>bright cloud around the flare.
I noticed [ and commented] on such an effect with my first bright
Iridium flare Jim round last Octoober. 
I think it scattering from the surface of my eyeball. At the time my eyes were
 somewhat watery (from just waking up), but dark adapted.
I havent noticed the effect in other iridium flares but the same circumstances
havent occured.
Tony Beresford