Ah. So that’s what it was.
We were sitting on the patio at the bar last night when I looked up and saw this:
Cool. A rocket! Though it looked too close to be a launch from Vandenberg, it was:
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE – A rocket carrying a military research satellite blasted off Thursday, dazzling spectators from California to Arizona with a rainbow of colors as it streaked across the sky at dusk.
The Minotaur rocket carrying a DARPA payload launched into orbit at 7:24 p.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base, said Maj. Todd Fleming.
DARPA is the research and development arm of the Pentagon. The 920-pound “Streak” payload will stay in orbit for a year, gathering information about the Earth’s environment in low orbit. The mission’s cost is classified.
Those of you inclined to conspiracy theories may now don your tinfoil helmets and hide from the black helicopters. Everybody else just enjoy the pretty pictures