What is the likelihood of watching a live satellite launch appear above your family home? Unlikely perhaps, but as you can see by the photo it was real!
On December 22, after just arriving in San Diego after a long road trip, we piled into my daughter’s new car preparing to meet the rest of the family for dinner.
As we pulled out of the driveway, suddenly, my daughter exclaimed “What is that?!” We could not believe our eyes as we saw this sight.
I leaped out of the car and took several photos and texted one to my other daughter (she’s an Aerospace Engineer) and asked her.
Of course she knew that Space X launched 10 satellites from Vandenberg AFB in the Palm Desert area of Southern California just moments before.
The small object in the middle of the jellyfish-like shape is a system navigator that eventually burned up. It spun and shifted adding to the incredible sight.
I shared this photo on Instagram. As it moved quickly through the sky it appeared just over my neighbor’s house.
I figured it was Santa taking a dry run to break in some of his new reindeer.
“In infinite space, even the most unlikely events take place somewhere.” Max Tegmark
If you are old enough to remember the original Twilight Zone episodes hosted by Rod Serling, oftentimes he would sign off the end a show by saying, “filed under … in the Twilight Zone.”
Yes, I’m back to blogging, unlikely as it may seem! Watch for this Sunday’s post for the brand new Sunday Stills Photography Challenge!
And to continue the spacey theme, “May the Fourth be with you!”
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