Russian satellite launch observed in Finland

From: Leo Wikholm (
Date: Thu Dec 04 2008 - 18:35:52 UTC

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    The Russian Rocket launch was observed in northern Finland on December 
    2, 2008.
    Most observations were made in aeroplanes.
    The mysterious light phenomenon was visible in the eastern sky soon 
    after 5.00 UTC.
    First they saw a very bright foggy lights which were visible during 
    several minutes (maybe 5 minutes).
    That phenomenon left a luminous trail which was visible long time in 
    Observations were made in Kajaani and near Oulu.
    Article in Iltalehti newspaper
    Cosmos 2446 military satellite was launched same time from Plesetsk 
    Cosmodrome in Russia.
    Our near location to Plesetsk cosmodrome and other Russian missile test 
    areas will cause
    sometimes extraordinary light phenomena here.
    Best regards,
    Leo Wikholm
    Ursa Astronomical Association
    Satellite Section
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