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Red trails in the night sky - what are they? #1017253
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I came in not long ago and poured a glass of red and as it's a nice night wandered into the back garden, I took a seat and was looking at the sky wondering if I could see any shooting stars so I turned the kitchen light off and sat for a while.I live in Eastham and was looking towards the motorway and when my eyes became accustomed to the dark I could see four red lines in the sky that look like comet trails but don't appear to be moving at all.I downloaded a compass app. on my phone and the direction appeared to be 205 degrees SW. has anyone else seen this or know what causes it. It was still there when I came in. dunno

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My bet is high altitude aircraft contrails. I think the reason you saw them as red rather than white is that they were illuminated by the setting sun, which happens later if you are at a significantly higher altitude.

It happens with high flying clouds too sometimes, when they are called 'noctilucent' clouds. I think what you've seen is noctilucent contrails. You can see a selection of them at https://www.flickr.com/photos/35423990@N00/sets/72157600329483616/ These are evidently older and have dissipated and been distorted by the wind. I imagine yours, if they were straight, were more recent.

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Thanks for the interesting pictures Excoriator I think you got it right the last picture in that seies resembles what I saw almost exactly so that solves that little mystery so thanks again for your input. thumbsup

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You'e welcome. Of course, it is possible that UFOs leave contrails too...

Re: Red trails in the night sky - what are they? [Re: goodoldphil] #1021456
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dead right,you will see loads of these trails (early morning ,clear sky). i think that they are test-pilots doing what must be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. imagine being the first passenger to fly in a new plane and someone forgot to tighten a few nuts up, cheers


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