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|National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report|
|Occurred : 2/23/2011 02:05 (Entered as : 02/23/11 2:05)
Reported: 2/23/2011 2:29:41 PM 14:29
Location: Van Nuys, CA
Duration: 30 mins
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object changed color
|UFO delays launch of Taurus XL rocket form Vandenberg AFB.
I stayed up to watch the Taurus XL launch from Vandenberg Air Force base this morning 2/23/11. I have seen other launches from the roof of my condo complex.
From there I have an unobstructed view. I am about 60 miles from the base but have no problem seeing the launches. I set up my telescope and aimed in the general direction of where I have seen launches before.
I saw a light source over the exact spot of the direction that the base is located. The light changed colors from red to green to yellow and orange. I was able to see this light with the naked eye. I was low on the horizon from my point of view.
It was a clear night. I saw stars a lot higher in the sky and none were no where near the brilliance of the light I saw. At first I thought it might be a helicopter or a plane but it stayed perfectly still.
I observed this craft for no less than 25 minutes (Between 2:05 and 2:30 am PST) while waiting for the launch which did not come.
Today I checked the Vandenberg AFB website to see if they had any info on the launch and right at the top of the website it said, 'Breaking news: Taurus XL launch delayed due to technical difficulties. The launch has been rescheduled for 02/24/11 2:09 am PST. 24 hours after the original launch date.