Mystery light in the sky was scientific balloon

Photo courtesy of Dan Sorensen.

Mystery light in the sky was scientific balloon

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Sep 2, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The 9 On Your Side newsroom received several calls and emails Monday night about a strange bright light in the northwest sky.

After a little research, we found out the light was from a scientific balloon traveling from New Mexico.

The balloon was closer to Phoenix than Tucson, and the light from the setting sun reflected off the balloon making it appear extra bright.

Once the sun went down, the balloon seemed to disappear.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix posted a link on its Twitter account where you can track the balloon's progress.

According to that website, the balloon came from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, run by NASA and managed by the Physical Science Lab at New Mexico State University.

The most recent tracking information says the balloon's flight has ended.


Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports for the evening newscasts.