This Monday, New Zealand They saw a strange space event in their sky.
Different pictures on social networks showed a huge blue spiral appearing in the sky like a nebula. The appearance of this event caused surprise, surprise and fear.
What happened in the New Zealand sky?
However, the origin of this phenomenon is an increasingly common behavior in the world: the launch of space rockets.
According to experts such as Richard Easter, a professor at the University of Auckland, the phenomenon is nothing more than the trajectory of impulse from a rocket used to put a satellite into orbit. On that date and at that time, precisely, a rocket took off SpaceX With the Globalstar satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
“When the impulse is expelled from the bottom, it creates basically water and carbon dioxide,” Easter explains. “It creates a cloud in space that receives light from the sun. The geometry of the satellite’s orbit and our position relative to the sun do the rest, creating a glowing cloud scene similar to what we saw from the South Island.”
Chairman of SpaceX, Elon Musk, Congratulations on the introduction of the Falcon Group. “Congratulations to the team SpaceX Falcon for completing 3 flawless launches in 2 days! “He said on Twitter.
This is not the first time
The event comes almost a year after a similar vortex was discovered around the Pacific region on June 18 last year.
That vortex, which was brightest in the Pacific, was found in places like Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia and the small island of Tokelau.
Video footage captured by the lucky ones watching it showed the spiral form expanding in size for a few seconds and disappearing as soon as it appeared.
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