12Aug2018

Amazing Sight!!! Delta Rocket Launch Seen In Australian Skies

Reports started coming into our office from 6.30pm tonight  of a mysterious ‘cloud’ in the night sky in the west. Speculation went wild…it looked like one of the Magellanic clouds, but it wasn’t. The answer seemed too unreal to accept.

Photo taken in NSW by a Facebook member.

Lift off!  Parker Solar Probe on its mission to ‘touch’ the Sun.. NASA’s first mission to the sun – will explore the sun’s atmosphere and its outermost atmosphere, the corona. The most sensible explanation, but ione dufficult top reconcile, was that we weer witnessing the accent trauil of America’s recent Solar Probe launch. But from Australia??? Surely not?

BUT (officially unconfirmed as yet) it is accepted and believed now we were seeing the vapour trail of the rocket. Nothing like this had ever been reported, let alone seen before from this far south.

Photo taken in NSW by a Facebook member Julie Maree Hadfield. “This is my photo I took on my phone last night in Port, not the best but can still see it.”

Well we now know a Delta-IV heavy rocket carrying the probe took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at around 07.31 GMT on Sunday morning US time. early evening here in Australia.

It will be the fastest manmade moving object in history and NASA hope it will come within 6 million kilometers of the sun’s surface, making 24 loops of the star over seven years… During its historic journey, the probe will jet past Venus at speeds of 700,000 kmh, the equivalent of flying from New York to Tokyo in one minute.

Delta-IV heavy rocket

The probe, which is only the size of a car, will come into contact with Venus’ gravity after six weeks, which will help slow it down. The mission hopes to uncover the sun’s mysteries. The spacecraft is named after 91-year old solar physicist Eugene Parker, 91, who was the first scientist to describe solar wind in 1958.

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