posted on Dec, 19 2006 @ 02:58 PM
I don't really know how close or far away it was because I had no point of reference in the sky. The center of the "light" was a bright white
color, surrounded by a blueish purple outer glow. It hung around in the same spot for about 10 seconds. I honestly didn't think too much of it until
it took off. For any of you have seen star wars when the ships literally fly so fast into oblivion they just disappear, this was the same way. One
minute the light was there the next it literally shot off into the farthest reaches of space faster than I have seen any object ever move.
That does sound very similar to a rocket launch.
I've seen similar things and it did look like a UFO (well it was, since it was 'unidentified', at least to me). The bright white color is of
course the rocket engine itself,and the blue-purple outerglow is the effect of glowing gas which is in some kind of 'parabola' or sheath emenating
from the rocket engine but much wider. (a shock wave?) You don't see this in the lower atmosphere, but you do in the upper atmosphere. Look at some
representative footage, but note that rockets can look quite different depending on their configuration and fuel.
Rockets and the interactions with the upper atmosphere give many bizzare and cool visual effects which many people would imagine to be a "saucer" or
Regarding the dispapearance, you probably saw the extinction of a rocket stage, perhaps an ejection, and a course correction. Rockets do start to go
very fast as they reach orbit, with very dramatic acceleration. Just a small change in course (from being 'away' from you, which results in a near
immobile outlook) can make that dramatic "going away" from you effect. Remember, that to get into orbit, they eventually need to fly "sideways"
relative to the Earth's surface: they start out going vertical but higher up, as they increase in speed they curve.
I have no idea what you saw, but it is not incompatible with a rocket launch.