(ORDO NEWS) — A blazing streak of light that cut through the night sky took observers in parts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh by surprise as they speculated that the unusual phenomenon was a meteor shower. Photos and videos of the phenomenon surfaced on social media on Saturday evening.
Astronomer Jonathan McDowell called the event over Maharashtra a possible “re-entry of a Chinese rocket stage” that was launched in February 2021.
“I believe this is the re-entry of a Chinese rocket stage, the third stage of a Chang Zheng 3B rocket with serial number Y77, which was launched in February 2021 – it was expected to enter the atmosphere in the next hour or so, and the track matches well “wrote McDowell, an astronomer at the Center for Astrophysics.
Suresh Chopade, President of the Skywatch Group, Nagpur, said the rare event was observed by a few people in Maharashtra and appears to be related to a satellite.
“It looks like a satellite of some country may have fallen by accident or was de-orbited on purpose. It doesn’t look like a meteor shower or a fireball,” Chopade said.
He did not rule out the possibility of a meteor shower, but added that the colors indicated that a “metal thing” accompanied the satellite as it approached Earth.
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