This report presents two dozen examples from the 1960s to the present…
Such sightings have occurred all over the world, but they are not randomly distributed. Both specific launch site locations, and particular geographic features, have created regional ‘hot spots’. Just as one example, it happens that most Japanese space probes launched from their rocket sites in practically any direction will tend to criss-cross a region east of northern Argentina.
But it’s Russia, the nation that opened the Space Age, that has harvested the most abundant crop of space activity sightings. Because of purely geographic considerations, people in Russia saw their country’s missile/rocket activity more frequently than in other countries where rockets were usually fired out over open ocean [with few witnesses] for safety reasons.
By 1977, twenty years into the ‘Space Age’, rocket launchings from a secret base north of Moscow had become almost ‘standard’ as instigators of famous UFO events.
‘Petrozavodsk Jellyfish’ [Kosmos-955 satellite from Plesetsk], Sep 1977
January 28, 1994, the Progress-TM21 supply drone launch to a Russian space station was seen over Kazakhstan and described by respected UFO researcher Richard Hall [in his book ‘The UFO Evidence”] as a “luminous UFO maneuvered erratically near airliner” [ cited ], when the object actually flew a straight course hundreds of kilometers away from the pilot. The actual rocket event is described here:
In those years, other space plume events were being observed and correctly interpreted by amateur astronomers, as described here: July 2002 [ASTRONOMY magazine] – ‘Close encounters’ with satellites
And here : 1988, ‘Sky & Telescope”