Whidbey Island Photo Looks Like Missile Launch

So what exactly was that mysterious orange streak in a photo taken off Whidbey Island early Sunday morning.

Photographer Greg Johnson says it appears to be a missile launched from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

But the Navy says it isn’t – and can’t be.

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Tom Mills, a spokesperson for NAS Whidbey Island,says there are no missile launch capabilities on the Navy base at Whidbey Island. But Navy workers are wondering what it is too.

The picture – snapped at 3:56 a.m. Sunday by a high-quality, 20-second exposure camera – shows a bright orange streak in the early morning sky over Whidbey Island.

Mills suggested it could be lens flare. “But said it’s definitely not a missile launch.”

Click on this pic to see an enlarged version of the photo of Whidbey Island with the mysterious orange streak on the left

Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, posted the photos on his blog Monday.

He wrote “It really looks like an ascending missile.”