Falcon 9 Starlink Rocket Launch Seen from Goleta

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Falcon 9 Starlink Rocket Launch Seen from Goleta
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By Robert Bernstein

Here is my video of the SpaceX Rocket Launch from Vandenberg on July 10, 2022 at 6:39PM.

My video was taken in Girsh Park in Goleta. Here was the scene as the rocket came into view above the local trees and houses. Just a tiny speck above the palm trees left of center in this photo.
Here it was a few seconds later.There was no visible exhaust trail for the first minute after launch. Then, it suddenly appeared!Can someone explain this phenomenon?

The mission will launch 46 Starlink internet satellites.

There was fog out near Vandenberg, so we may have gotten a better view in Goleta than they got at Vandenberg. The only problem was that we were looking into the sun to view the launch. This made it impossible to see anything after the first stage shut down.

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sbrobert Jul 13, 2022 02:17 PM
Falcon 9 Starlink Rocket Launch Seen from Goleta

MACPUZL/Chuck thank you for your explanation! It was a huge surprise for me to see the entire contrail just suddenly appear end to end literally out of thin air!

SHASTA GUY and CCHANDYMAN thanks for your observations and comments. Yes, I couldn't get my wife out in time to see it either. I am in awe every time I see a launch. Although I know that as we put ever more satellites in orbit it will wreak havoc for astronomical viewing from Earth. This is a real problem as Chuck probably knows!

macpuzl Jul 13, 2022 02:24 PM
Falcon 9 Starlink Rocket Launch Seen from Goleta

Estimates are that if all the planned large constellations of satellites are fully populated, the entire sky will be about 3% brighter at night, whether you can see them visually or not. They are also going to be a big problem for the survey telescopes looking for incoming asteroids and comets. And, at that stage, event one small collision between satellites could result in the Kessler Syndrome, locking us out of space for decades.

Shasta Guy Jul 11, 2022 08:15 PM
Falcon 9 Starlink Rocket Launch Seen from Goleta

Thanks Robert. That’s what I saw from downtown. It was like a quickly ascending jet plane with a short lived contrail. By the time I got the family out of the house to see it, it was largely gone.

macpuzl Jul 11, 2022 05:02 PM
Falcon 9 Starlink Rocket Launch Seen from Goleta

Layers of the atmosphere at different temperatures, pressures, and humidity determine whether the water vapor in the exhaust plume will condense into a visible contrail.

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