Research balloons light up northern sky
A flood of viewers called in to the KCBD Newsroom Friday night, concerned about a strange pair of lights in the northern sky.
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#1 Sep 24, 2011
This is basically what the weather service released as a statement about the balloons Friday night about what my friends and I saw.
"These balloons were located around 115,000 feet in altitude and located near Canyon, TX and Clovis, NM around sunset. These balloons are often launched in the fall and are best viewed around sunrise and sunset. Depending on the winds above 100,000 feet, these balloons may become visible around sunrise again on Saturday morning, September 24th."
What we saw was a disc in the sky, and now you tell me that it was 115,000 ft. above me. I measured from Clovis NM and it was between 5/16 to 6/16 of an inch. That so called balloons must be enourmus! Anybody out there with better math skills than I? I would like to figure this one out a bit more. I didn't see any flashing lights. Comercial planes , the big ones travel at an altitude of around 30,000 feet and they are a speck on the sky. Something does not jive with the poor info that I have accumulated. Any other ppl whant wo get into this and make a meet of the simple minds?
#2 Sep 24, 2011
Professional Weather Balloons, 3, 8, And 16 Foot Diameters
NASA's Scientific Ballooning Program
Fort SumneróWeather Station Near Real Time Observation
And: "We provide the services of launching large (400 ft. dia), unmanned, high altitude (120,000 ft.), research balloons; tracking, and recovering the scientific experiments suspended beneath them, for NASA centers and universities from all over the world," says the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF), located in Palestine, Texas.
Hope this material helps..
#3 Sep 25, 2011
..........This is the only place that would let me thank you SpaceBlues....
#4 Sep 25, 2011
You are welcome.
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