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Old December 22nd 03, 07:23 AM
No Such User
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Default North-East US rocket launch?

This message is going to make me sound like an absolute loon, but here
goes anyway.

I live in upstate NY about 60 miles west of Albany and about 1 mile
south of US Route 20. This afternoon (12-21-2003), I happened to look
out my kitchen window which faces roughly West North-West and saw a
contrail rising from over the horizon at what appeared to be a very
sharp angle into the sky. My eye followed the contrail up and about
"halway up" the sky I saw what looked like sun glinting of an
aircraft.

Normally I would just think this another aircraft, except this
appeared to be climbing in alititude at a very high velocity. It took
only about 30 seconds before it had climbed from about 30 degrees off
the horizon to 180 degrees (in other words, directly overhead) and I
could no longer see it.

The other interesting thing I noticed is that from the horizon to
about 20 degrees, there was a second contrail which paralleled the
contrail from the object I watched and then seemed to end. This second
contrail was about the span of my first three fingers distance from
the first if I held my hand at arms length.

As I said, I'm going to sound completely crazy, but I have never seen
an aircraft climb so fast. Is there any possibility I saw a rocket
being launched? If so, from where? Did I see a military jet?

If I could give a more exact time I would, but at the time I simply
dismissed it as a passenger jet, but over the past few hours this has
been really getting to me. Anyway, it was from between noon and 3 pm
Eastern Time.

Go ahead and call me a nut, I think I deserve it, but damn... this
just bothers me.
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Old January 17th 04, 12:03 AM
Ian Stirling
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Default North-East US rocket launch?

No Such User wrote:
This message is going to make me sound like an absolute loon, but here
goes anyway.

I live in upstate NY about 60 miles west of Albany and about 1 mile
south of US Route 20. This afternoon (12-21-2003), I happened to look
out my kitchen window which faces roughly West North-West and saw a
contrail rising from over the horizon at what appeared to be a very
sharp angle into the sky. My eye followed the contrail up and about
"halway up" the sky I saw what looked like sun glinting of an
aircraft.

Normally I would just think this another aircraft, except this
appeared to be climbing in alititude at a very high velocity. It took
only about 30 seconds before it had climbed from about 30 degrees off
the horizon to 180 degrees (in other words, directly overhead) and I
could no longer see it.


180 degrees off the horizon is the other horizon.
Get out a protractor.

The other interesting thing I noticed is that from the horizon to
about 20 degrees, there was a second contrail which paralleled the
contrail from the object I watched and then seemed to end. This second
contrail was about the span of my first three fingers distance from
the first if I held my hand at arms length.

As I said, I'm going to sound completely crazy, but I have never seen
an aircraft climb so fast. Is there any possibility I saw a rocket
being launched? If so, from where? Did I see a military jet?

If I could give a more exact time I would, but at the time I simply
dismissed it as a passenger jet, but over the past few hours this has
been really getting to me. Anyway, it was from between noon and 3 pm
Eastern Time.

Go ahead and call me a nut, I think I deserve it, but damn... this
just bothers me.

 




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