Want To See The 'Mystery Missile?' Watch A Web Cam

Some Internet sleuths have tracked down what may be the flight that left a trail over the Pacific that looked like exhaust from a missile. If conditions are right, a beach web cam may show us all whether they're right.

Ah, the wonders of the Internet.

As lots of us remain intrigued by the it's-a-missile, it's-not-a-missile story out of Southern California, some folks with experience in contrails and tracking airline flights are suggesting that what was most likely seen Monday evening off the coast near Los Angeles was the trail left by a US Airways flight from Honolulu to Phoenix.

And at the Time to Think blog, they're pointing to a web cam that may -- if conditions are right -- give us all a chance to look for ourselves the next time the flight comes over the coast. Go here if you want to watch the "36th St." Surfline.com camera from Newport (you'll have to put up with some ads and register for a free trial if you want the best view).

Contrail Science suggests that the news media also might send a few reporters and photographers to the beach today so that they can see what happens between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. local time (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET), when the flight typically crosses the coast.

Let's solve this mystery. And if you're near the beach tonight (or tomorrow, if conditions are better), send a photo to twoway@npr.org.

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