[AZ-Observing] Re: Thursday Photo Op

  • From: "Jack Jones" <Telescoper@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2005 15:30:48 -0700

From son Jeff in San Diego:

It was awesome.  Very large in the sky here, it was actually west of me, over
the ocean.
People were pulling over and getting out of their cars to look at it.  Pretty

After awhile the trail looked like it did a loop-de-loop, which I thought was
interesting... It was literally 'blasting across the sky' for about 30



> Absolutely amazing.  First time I've witnessed a Vandenberg launch
> before, and only saw it due to sheer luck.  I turned into my
> neighborhood (no streetlights allowed) and first saw what I believe was
> the second stage as a bright "star" with a huge cone of light trailing.
> In it's wake was the remnants of the first stage already weaving a
> curled, glowing "snake" of noctilucent-like light with fringes of color.
> I jumped out of my truck, grabbed the wife from the house, and we ran
> out to view it.  Within the course of 5 minutes, the whole scene had
> substantially dissipated.  She saw only the fading minutes of the show,
> but even that was exciting to her (or at least she feigned it for my
> benefit).  Great stuff, can't wait for the next one.
> - Bernie

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