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  Fireball over Maine? Feb. 8, 2014 [video]

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Saturn V
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posted 02-13-2014 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Saturn V     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone want to comment on what this object is? Is it fake? Is it a contrail?

I Bruce W York filmed this today saturday after noon 2/8/2014 at aprox 5:00 pm. Did anyone else see anything around this time in the sky? Does anyone know what this is or was?

stsmithva
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posted 02-13-2014 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a pretty convincing argument that it is a jet contrail, lit by the low sun which cast a shadow behind it.

Saturn V
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posted 02-13-2014 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Saturn V     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agreed. The thing that had me stumped was the way it did not seem to move, was pretty thick at what appeared to be "the front" of the trail, and the area that looked like black smoke.

Thanks for finding the link for the explanation. I searched and searched this morning but came up empty. Fun stuff.

Lou Chinal
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posted 02-13-2014 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I have to agree also.

As a contrail can suddenly seem to stop when it enters a different wind conditions and temperatures.

p51
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posted 02-13-2014 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could easily be a contrail or cloud going up at an angle away from the viewer, with the bottom part illumated by low-angle sun and the upper shaded by clouds from behind the viewer's shoulder.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 02-14-2014 05:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by stsmithva:
Here is a pretty convincing argument that it is a jet contrail, lit by the low sun which cast a shadow behind it.
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