Missile launch causes unusual cloud in Coachella Valley sky
PALM DESERT - The White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico confirms to KMIR6 that they did launch a missile Thursday morning.
It was fired off from Ft. Wingate in northwest New Mexico, near Gallup.
It was a Juno missile fired to White Sands Missile Range near Alamagordo, New Mexico.
Soldiers at White Sands try to shoot down the missiles for training.
The rocket trail showed up in the sky northeast of the Coachella Valley.
This trail is called a noctilucent cloud. The rocket exhaust was at a high altitude, creating a trail of ice crystals that reflected the morning sunlight before sunrise occurred here in the Valley.
This highlighted the cloud in the sky with dramatic results.