By Caleb Stento
No, the Martians are not coming. At least they didn’t come Thursday morning when a spectacular celestial event was witnessed in many locations throughout the southwestern portion of the United States.
The show was put on by a trio of missiles launched during a test. An unarmed Juno missile was launched from Ft. Wingate in New Mexico and two PAC 3 (Patriot Advanced Capabilities) missiles were subsequently launched from the White Sands Missile Range test facility to intercept it. The two bases are just over two-hundred miles apart, as the crow flies. Conditions were just right and the contrail from the Juno formed a brilliantly lit, twisting cloud-like formation. The event prompted a flood of calls and e-mails to local and national authorities wondering what they had just witnessed.