Re: STS-98 Launch Obs

From: Thomas A. Troszak (tom@bullhammer.com)
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
    mailto:tom@bullhammer.com
    
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