Sydney Observatory has received a number of reports of a strange glow in the sky, about the size of the full moon, seen on the early morning of Tuesday 20 February 2007. Two commercial airline pilots reported the sighting, one flying over Indonesia, the other over Malaysia. Another sighting was from the ground in Velencia NSW. The time was reported as around 4:10 am Eastern Australian summer time and it was seen for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
We were mystified by the sightings, but one of the airline pilots kindly rang back to say that Gordon Garradd on his website has images and the explanation that it was from the explosion of a Breeze-M rocket body.
The Breeze-M rocket is used as the upper stage of the Russian Proton heavy-lift rocket. The Proton is launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
Did anyone else see it?