An amazing video made last night in Australia shows what was likely a late stage of a Russian rocket, burned on re-entry, in a light show that was observed in the southeastern parts of the country.
Australians living in parts of Victoria and Tasmania were treated to a remarkable spectacle last night after a fireball popped up across the Australian sky. The origin of the site has not yet been confirmed, but experts believe that this is the late stage of burning a Russian missile upon re-entry.
And really Russia successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying the EKS 4 military satellite earlier in the day from the Plesetsk cosmodrome north of Moscow.
The guardian reports that the blazing fireball and its long tail can be seen from the Victorian cities of Rochester, Kineton, Echuca and Cashmore with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) proverb it has also been observed in parts of Tasmania.
Videos of the generous 20-second event soon surfaced online, including a stunning view taken by Australian resident Mel Aldridge and has posted to the Victorian Storms Chasers Facebook page. The comments posted on this page suggest the fireball appeared around 6:15 p.m. Melbourne time.
Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, described the incident as a special case, but he was certain that it was the third stage of the Russian rocket launch.
The Russians launched a Soyuz rocket with a satellite into space at 07:31 GMT. The third stage of the four“The missile was placed in a barely suborbital trajectory with a strike just south of Tasmania,” McDowell told Gizmodo. “So that’s what people saw – the discarded third stage on the way to crashing into the ocean. Not an uncontrolled introduction like a Chinese missile, but a carefully directed trajectory. Very unusual, although, that the rental corridor started so close to the shore. “
“The fact that it was moving slowly and at a small angle and there was a big decay made it not an alien spacecraft, meteor or comet,” astronomer Perry Vlahos told Guardian Australia. Speaking to ABC, astrophysicist Jonty Horner said the object’s slow speed was “about 6 kilometersRs per second, is a very indicative sign that it is space junk, ‘or a late-stage Russian rocket, or a small satellite.
In an address to The Guardian, Vlahos said the entire structure had probably disintegrated into the atmosphere, but Horner told ABC that small pieces could hit the ground.