Re: Minuteman II Launch Observed from Edwards AFB

From: HASOHP@aol.com
Date: Tue Oct 15 2002 - 13:01:00 EDT

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    In a message dated 10/14/2002 19:40:30, Waphead@aol.com writes:
    
    >Observed subject launch from Edwards - wish I had a video camera.  
    >Unbelievable - launch plume sunlit for about 15 minutes after launch. 
    >
    >Changed from orange to greenish.  Will video next time.
    
    I had a good view from the north San Francisco bay area, approximately 250 
    miles north of Vandenberg. I spotted the missile in the later part of the 
    burn, when it appeared as a bright point of light trailing a large yellow / 
    orange fan like tail - looking similar to a large comet. What was suprising 
    was how rapidly it was moving & large the plume was, I had expected something 
    much smaller. 
    
    After burnout a glowing green area, similar to an auroral arc, was visible 
    tracing the upper part of missile flight path. Lower down near the horizon a 
    twisting trail was visible for a few minutes, while the green "glow" 
    persisted for at least 15 minutes. 
    
    It was certainly an impressive show, a nice way to start an evening of 
    observing!
    
    Best wishes & clear skies,
    
    
    Jason Hatton
    37.8835N, 122.5549w, +20m
    
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