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irelayer
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Strange Lights Over SoCal Right Now

Fri Sep 23, 2005 11:46 am

I just saw outside my backyard, in a Northwesterly direction, up relatively high on the horizon a kind of spiraly phosphor light type thing

It had a leading aircraft that was giving off a huge white glow...looked like a comet...me and my roomates snapped a few pictures of it.

This one came out the best:

http://www.ephemerisonline.com/webimages/strange.jpg

Anyone have any idea what this is?


Nevermind...sat launch from Vandenburg AFB.

http://spaceflightnow.com/tracking/

-IR

[Edited 2005-09-23 05:07:00]
 
flyboy7974
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RE: Strange Lights Over SoCal Right Now

Fri Sep 23, 2005 2:46 pm

yep, saw it out here in prescott, az, couldnt miss it at that time of night, just after sunset but not completely dark yet
 
PizzaPolli
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RE: Strange Lights Over SoCal Right Now

Fri Sep 23, 2005 2:53 pm

I saw it too! I snapped a picture with my cell phone, but your shot is was better. I saw it in Sherman Oaks at around 7:30 pm. We need to find out what this was.

oh ok, sat launch

[Edited 2005-09-23 07:53:40]
 
AirWillie6475
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RE: Strange Lights Over SoCal Right Now

Fri Sep 23, 2005 3:19 pm

It's the streaks from the rocket launched at Vandenber AFB in California. Don't know if it's a test or a real thing but it's a rocket launch.
 
efohdee
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RE: Strange Lights Over SoCal Right Now

Fri Sep 23, 2005 3:24 pm

The spent fuel and exhaust from a ballistic missile launched from Vandenberg AFB near Lompoc. I used to find out about the tests ahead of time and go sit on a hill and watch. You could see each stage fall off and the next stage light off. It was so cool.
Just found this


Launch Site: SLC-8

Window: 9/23/2005 02:24Z to 9/23/2005 02:40Z
Local: 9/22/2005 7:24:00 PM PDT


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RE: Strange Lights Over SoCal Right Now

Fri Sep 23, 2005 4:15 pm

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