Do you see what I’m seeing? That big ol’ column in the first shot is a LASER. A huge, sustained, sci-fi style laser. It’s blasting a missile in midair during a test. And that second shot? Talk about C-beams off the shoulder of Orion.
It reminds me of the bit in The Stars My Destination where the albino girl can see the battle in space when no one else can. Man, maybe I’ll read that book again.
Danger Room has a better write-up than I care to attempt here, so read about the facts and circumstances over there. Or just watch this awesome video over and over again.