Re: Missile/Rocket seen from near Dayton Nevada.

From: Chris Jones via Seesat-l <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2018 10:33:15 -0500
On 01/03/18 10:05 AM, George Roberts via Seesat-l wrote:
> I don't think there were any orbital rocket launches jan 1 or jan 2 
> 2018(note that 5pm PST January 1 is January 2 in UT so that's why I 
> mention both dates as a launch then may be listed as Jan 2).  Most 
> launches visible from the USA are from the East coast (Florida, 
> Virginia).  Rockets tend to be visible only for about 10 minutes at
> the most (because then the motor shuts down) and would have to launch
> within about 500 miles of your location to ever be straight overhead
> an observer.
> SpaceX does do launches from Vandenberg air force base in California.
>  They tend to head directly to the west over the ocean and should not
>  have been remotely straight up as seen from Nevada.
Actually, the vast majority of orbital launches from Vandenberg head in
a southerly direction since they are being targeted to a near-polar
orbit.  Missile tests would head westerly toward Kwajalein, the usual
target area.
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