Occurred: 2005-10-12 22:00 Local
Reported: 2005-10-13 16:25 Pacific
Duration: 5 minutes
No of observers: 1

Location: San Jose, CA, USA

Shape: Unknown
Characteristics: Left a trail

Possible Chinese Spacecraft Launch??

I was sitting in my living room watching TV when I heard a fairly loud, deep rumbling noise coming from outside that lasted approximately one minute, that sounded different than any normal aircraft that I know of.

I then went outside to investigate and looked up at the night sky and noticed an odd, wide, fairly short contrail situated right next to the moon. It looked to me like it possibly could have come from a Vandenberg missile launch (I've seen several of them in my lifetime out here on the West Coast). I called Vandenberg today and was told there was no missile launch from them last night.

I ran across news reports online today of the launch of a two manned spacecraft in northwestern China yesterday morning, and the time of that launch seems to correspond with the time that I experienced the rumbling and observed the contrail.

I checked and noted my local time before I went outside to look around, and it was 10:00 PM PST exactly.

Posted 2005-10-20

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