Most distant Delta launch sighting?

Richard Clark (rclark@LPL.Arizona.EDU)
Sun, 9 Nov 97 00:28:26 MST

The Delta/Iridium launch was seen from as far east as Tucson
(32.253/-110.913 in my case) I saw it at ~0139, an hour:ten after sunset
in a nearly dark sky.  The plume had a maximum width of 1.5 deg with the
rocket forming a sharply defined point. It was no more than 5 deg above
the horizon and stood out very prominantly. I lost it behind some trees
that it should have reappeared from but didn't. I haven't checked back on
the timeline to see what happened but this was well after the solids were
gone. It was probably first stage burnout and I didn't see it again after
2nd stage ignition. The plume was at least 30 deg long, framed by trees at
each end. It remained visible for at least 20 minutes.

It was well enough observed by locals to prompt a mention on the 2200
news of our NBC affiliate tv station.