Missile launch leaves brilliant trail in the sky - Tucson News Now

Missile launch leaves brilliant trail in the sky

(Photo courtesy Gary Wojton of Scottsdale) (Photo courtesy Gary Wojton of Scottsdale)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The contrail from a missile launch near Gallup, NM, lit up the southeastern sky Thursday morning.

Dan O'Boyle with the Missile Defense Agency at the White Sands range said the contrail was left from a test interceptor missile launch near Fort Wingate, NM.

The mysterious plume was illuminated by the rising sun and noticed just before 5:30 a.m.

Cammie Montoya, a spokeswoman for the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, said the U.S. Army launched the missile toward White Sands.

Another missile intercepted it over the White Sands Proving Grounds and that everything went as planned. She said the sunlight really accentuated the contrail.

It was the 15th such test since the mid-1990s, Montoya said.

Inquisitive CBS 5 viewers and cbs5az.com users from Casa Grande to Kingman quickly turned into photojournalists and sent photos of the sky-high event.

Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Teacher hit with brick after confiscating student's phone

    Teacher hit with brick after confiscating student's phone

    Friday, October 20 2017 2:00 AM EDT2017-10-20 06:00:06 GMT
    Friday, October 20 2017 2:00 AM EDT2017-10-20 06:00:06 GMT

    The student’s mother is facing several charges, including aggravated assault, in connection to the incident.

    The student’s mother is facing several charges, including aggravated assault, in connection to the incident.

  • Defiant Torrey McNabb held up middle fingers, saved final words for AL before execution

    Defiant Torrey McNabb held up middle fingers, saved final words for AL before execution

    Friday, October 20 2017 11:21 AM EDT2017-10-20 15:21:20 GMT
    Torrey McNabb (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)Torrey McNabb (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)

    The Alabama Department of Corrections executed Torrey McNabb Thursday night for his conviction in the 1997 murder of Montgomery police officer Anderson Gordon.

    The Alabama Department of Corrections executed Torrey McNabb Thursday night for his conviction in the 1997 murder of Montgomery police officer Anderson Gordon.

  • Alleged office gunman got jobs, guns despite criminal past

    Alleged office gunman got jobs, guns despite criminal past

    Friday, October 20 2017 3:44 AM EDT2017-10-20 07:44:23 GMT
    Friday, October 20 2017 8:53 PM EDT2017-10-21 00:53:16 GMT

    A witness to the deadly shooting rampage inside a Maryland granite company says the suspect had grown increasingly hostile recently and had tried to pick fights with co-workers.

    A witness to the deadly shooting rampage inside a Maryland granite company says the suspect had grown increasingly hostile recently and had tried to pick fights with co-workers.

Powered by Frankly