Beautiful, Spooky Light in Sky Over Miami This Morning Turns Out to Be a Rocket – What Else?
Some Miamians who were up early this morning walking designer pitbulls or blaring Pitbull from their uh, Lamborghinis, in 5MPH gridlock may have been struck by this beautiful, bizarre light trailing across the sky.
The effect turned out to be caused by the launch of an Atlas rocket, which is what many South Floridians would assume, being in the same state as Cape Canaveral. Despite that, the bright flying object and ensuing wispy cloud trail was quite spectacular and unusual in appearance compared to the rocket launches we’re used to seeing occasionally.
“The spectacular luminescence from the rocket’s blast and contrail, made to look like some sort of aurora against the first rays of the rising sun, was so bright it could be seen in South Florida, even in Key West. The bright streak in the sky was so apparent the National Weather Service office in Miami put out a tweet advising people that what they were seeing was the Atlas V launch, not a meteor or some other strange event.”
– the Orlando Sentinel.
According to an early report, at least one person blaring Dragonette in the south Gables almost hit the motorcyclist in front of them who briefly paused to ruminate on the light as it streaked and haloed over Biscayne Bay. So, see, we’re not idiots for not immediately dismissing the 10 kajillion foot-candle moonbeam as a rocket. That’s basically the point of this blog.