Just finished reading this thread:
And I recalled a rather morbid question I’ve wondered about.
The scenario: The enemy has launched a nuclear attack on your homeland using ICBM’s and you’ve become aware of that fact. On the premise that you’d rather not survive the aftermath anyway (not something I agree with) you decide to stand outside and watch the incoming warhead.
My question is, what would you actually see in that scenario? Assume there’s no cloud cover. Would the reentry vehicle be large enough to see with the naked eye? Would it be leaving a trail across the sky having been heated coming down through the atmosphere? How fast would it appear to be moving? How long would you have from first noticing it until detonation? (assuming its coming in your general direction and is going to land nearby with a groundburst?)
I’m guessing that at night the heat-trail would be easily visible, how about during the daytime?
I’ve done a youtube search for footage of reentry vehicles but haven’t found anything but extremely blurred and unclear footage, guess its probably still classified.