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Cozmosis22
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posted 12-22-2017 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Successful Falcon 9 launch of Iridium 4, the fourth set of 10 satellites for Iridium's upgraded network, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California earlier this evening.

Interesting amateur video from a California resident.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-22-2017 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To quote something a friend posted on Facebook in response to a similar video:
It's called a human-made "noctilucent cloud," a relatively rare phenomenon that happens when a rocket launch happens at just the right time at sunrise or sunset that the sun shines through the water vapor at extreme high altitude and causes it to glow.
Or, as Elon Musk tweeted tonight:
Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-22-2017 11:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The launch as viewed from a drone over Alhambra, California:

cspg
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posted 12-23-2017 04:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quite a show!

Lunar rock nut
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posted 12-24-2017 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a video taken by my niece on San Nicholas Island located approx. 90 mi offshore from Oxnard Ca. My niece and brother were quite confused about what they were witnessing.

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