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'Mystery Missile' May Be a Jet

At least one skeptic is positive
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2010 4:37 PM CST

(Newser) – Well, this could take the fun out of it: The "mystery missile" might not be a missile after all, just a regular old jet combined with an optical illusion. "It is obviously an airplane," an analyst with GlobalSecurity.org tells Wired. “The aircraft is flying towards the observer; the air over the Pacific is clear, so the contrail is visible all the way to the horizon. This creates the optical illusion of a rocket flying up, rather than the actual situation of an airplane flying horizontally."

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An MIT astronomer is pretty much in agreement, notes Wired, though he does point out that the Navy has a launch facility nearby. Whatever it is, the military's NORAD and NORTHCOM, add this, as per AP: "We can confirm that there is no threat to our nation. We will provide more information as it becomes available." Click here for more.
(Read more mystery missile stories.)

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