Monday, September 21, 2009

Don't worry folks, we planned the flaming clouds.

Here, it is explained that what some reported to be a UFO on Saturday night was in fact a rocket designed by NASA to detonate high in the atmosphere and create, for a short time, burning clouds. The Black Brant II suborbital sounding rocket "spewed exhaust particles" into the upper atmosphere, where they quickly exhibited "noctiluscence", which is basically a high altitude flame in the air in the middle of the night.
The noctilucent cloud was visible for a few minutes up and down the Eastern seaboard. NASA describes this as a method to analyze and understand the naturally occurring noctilucent clouds occasionally reported.
"I'm sure many unsuspecting folks up and down the East Coast were surprised by this very unusual sight," Rao said.
Remember when they used to give us warning before they instilled panic?


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