The Mysterious Burst in the Sky

Two telescopes in Hawaii caught the mysterious burst in the sky which occured in the wee hours of the morning on June 22, 2011, at about 3:37 a.m. local time.A white sphere blossomed in the night sky, expanding like a soap bubble and then disappearing. According to Phil Plait in the missile’s third stage motor are ports that are blown open by an explosive charge about three minutes into the launch. This opening terminates the missile’s thrust so it¬†can be targeted accurately.At the point when the charges go off, the missile is above most of Earth’s atmosphere, so the fuel blows outward in a sphere. The expanding fuel might also compress the atmosphere as it expands, exciting charged particles in the air and creating a ring of light.