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NASA is putting on a colorful light show in the sky tonight

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Tonight's sunset might look rather unusual if you live on the East Coast of the United States. NASA will be launching a rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia that will release payloads of barium and strontium into the atmosphere, turning parts of the night sky blue-green and others red.

NASA does this kind of experiment every so often in order to study the flows of ionized and neutral particles in the upper atmosphere. The agency uses luminescent chemicals like barium to better visualize and track clouds of these particles as they get moved around in the ionosphere by the Earth's magnetic field. (The launch has to be very carefully scheduled, because the chemicals need sunlight to become luminescent, but the observer needs to be watching a dark sky.) NASA is also notes that the amount of barium and strontium used in the test "is much smaller than that used in a typical July 4th fireworks display and poses no hazard to the community."

http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/7/9470543/nasa-experiment-colors-sky-rocket-launch-watch

When they say barium and strontium I wonder what other classified/proprietary chemicals are in the mix. If your close enough photos would be appreciated. I'll try, but I'm a couple hundred miles away so I'm not sure if I'll be able to catch it.

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NASA has ulterior motives for everything it does.

Best not to listen to these criminals at all.

Could be color display in sky for any reason.

Will not be the stated one for sure.

Watch the colorful skies.

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NASA has ulterior motives for everything it does.

Best not to listen to these criminals at all.

Could be color display in sky for any reason.

Will not be the stated one for sure.

Watch the colorful skies.

SOLOMON

Yes indeed. I was wondering this myself. If the "missile launch" is just an excuse for something else. 

Well we may never know the truth.

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Yes indeed. I was wondering this myself. If the "missile launch" is just an excuse for something else. 

Well we may never know the truth.

Probably not.

Sigh.

SOLOMON

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Or the northern lights effect is "too far south" and so they are taking credit for the light show. 

Could be.

With NASA it could be anything.

Merry Christmas on October.

SOLOMON

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Oh it would be great if someone could get pictures.
We know the ones that NASA releases will be altered.
:wink:

Without a doubt!

Colorfully I wager.

Hee hee.

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