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Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by Super Chubby
Well the Falcon 9 had a live feed during it's launch and was known about for some time, I doubt this would have made a difference to the majority of the population on the east coast of Australia though, most of which wouldn't have had a clue about the launch.
Rockets get launched all the time, the spiral that was seen was a lucky coincidence, it just happened to be over the east coast of Australia just as the sunlight caught it.
Had it launched a few minutes earlier it would never have been seen as it would have been over the Pacific somewhere, had it launched a few minutes later the sun would have been higher and again it may have not been seen at all.
Originally posted by TomReOPIE
I know, it's an old thread. There was a very convincing piece about it on ATS too, lots of research. So overwhelmingly impressive that it should convince most readers that the spiral was somehow caused by the failed Russian missile test. It was very odd however for Russia to be so forthcoming with an explanation that would shed so much light on a failed launch. Had they ever done so previously? Such “openness” was very unusual.
What's even more odd is that there was this second sky spiral, much less publicised however, seen over Australia on June 5th, 2010. It was much fainter than the one in Norway, but the similarity was still striking. I'll include a link to the ABC website where there are several good photos that were taken in different parts of the country by different photographers so readers can check that this was no hoax. It happened, just like what had been seen in Norway.
But, and here's the clanger, no missile was launched anywhere in Australia. There had been no tests from the Woomera rocket range, where it has been very, very quiet in recent years, or anywhere else in Australia for that matter.
Of course there were those who quickly claimed it to be a "satellite, space-junk or a rocket" and yes, there was a launch of a privately owned rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida over an hour earlier. I'd like to see anyone try and explain that that was what was seen in Australia, moving in the other direction and so totally unbelievably way off course. Thought it might be OK to revide this thread in case any more are seen.