Re: STS-98 Launch Obs

From: Thomas A. Troszak (
Date: Thu Feb 08 2001 - 06:16:40 PST

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    Dear Robert,
    Here in Asheville, NC we have gotten several Auroral displays during the
    last year.  My guess is that the "cloud" may have been a Southern
    Aurora.  There has been a lot of Sun activity of late, perhaps you have
    seen another phenomenon as interesting (and perhaps more rare) than a
    Shuttle launch.  Yes Auroras do often look like "clouds" down here, not
    like the Alaska-type "curtain" shapes. I come from Michigan, where the
    Auroras are quite stunning, and I seem to be a little more adept at
    identifiying them than the "locals".
    Just a hunch.  Other brains more sophisticated than mine could tell you
    if the upper atmosphere (where real clouds live) would still be in
    Sunlight that late.
    Tom Troszak, Asheville, NC, USA
    35.601 N, -82.554 W
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