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August 12, 1986, 10 p.m. Hundreds of thousands of people were outside in the eastern half of the United States, looking for Perseid meteors. Many of them had their astronomical instruments and cameras at the ready.
Suddenly a bright, fuzzy spiral, wider than the moon, appeared in the eastern sky, moving from right to left. Sightings occurred from Georgia (Florida was socked in with clouds) to Texas, from Oklahoma City to Quebec, Canada, and all points in between.
Wayne Madea, an amateur astronomer in northern Maine, saw a bright starlike object emit a luminous, rapidly expanding donut-shaped cloud; through a telescope he saw “a pinpoint of light, like a satellite, traveling with the cloud.” In Massachusetts, an amateur astronomer watched the plume perform two full turns in four minutes, painting the spinning spiral as he watched.
In the United States and Canada, observers had witnessed a spray of surplus fuel from the used-up third stage of the Japanese rocket. Their altitude was almost a thousand miles (1,500 km), high enough for it to have been sunlit even though the ground below had been dark for more than an hour.
been clearly visible from both Sweden and Finland which both would have been within the missiles flight trajectory - yet corroborating eye witness reports from either of these countries is almost non-existent.
Originally posted by liveandletlive
reply to post by HankMcCoy
I just joined the party. Maybe I missed it but could you please explain the rockets trajectory one more time? I was unaware it was acceptable to test fire ballistic missiles over sovereign nations? Thank you in advance.
Originally posted by A52FWY
There is of course no evidence yet of regional electronic disturbances yet, and if you want to involve the HAARP you would need some proof.
Originally posted by OldDragger
There was NO NUKE on the missle, the test was of the missle, it would be insane ( and uneccesary ) to test with a live nuclear warhead!