Missile Launch California: Mystery Missile is a Contrail? Video
The Mysterious Missile Launch in California Can't be Explained by the Pentagon, But One Expert Says It's a Contrail
The Pentagon has not explained the mysterious images of what looks to be a missile being launched off the Southern California coast Monday night, but the Navy has said it was not their missile and the Federal Aviation Administration told NBC that they had not approved any commercial space launches in that area at that time.
One man, John Pike, a defense expert who is the director of GlobalSecurity.org, told CNN that he believes the 'missile' is a contrail (the visible vapor trail seen behind airplanes and rockets).
"It's clearly an airplane contrail," Pike said Tuesday afternoon. "It's an optical illusion that looks like it's going up, whereas in reality it's going towards the camera. The tip of the contrail is moving far too slowly to be a rocket. When it's illuminated by the sunset, you can see hundreds of miles of it ... all the way to the horizon.
There is some confusion however, that if this is the case, why hasn't anyone just come out and said that and explained it?
One other official told CNN that it the effect could be from a contrail and that it could be an illusion it was rising straight up, but there has been no official statement released to the media and the public.
"The FAA ran radar replays of a large area west of Los Angeles based on media reports of the possible missile launch at approximately 5 p.m. (PT) on Monday. The radar replays did not reveal any fast moving, unidentified targets in that area," said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. "The FAA did not receive reports ... of unusual sightings from pilots who were flying in the area on Monday afternoon.
The Pentagon has said that right now this event is being considered to not involve the Department of Defense.
So what do you think it is? Check out a video report below: