The misty blue lights looked like little galaxy It will form in the sky – New Zealanders who noticed the rare form appeared on Sunday evening.
The bizarre spectacle flooded social media as people searched for an explanation for what had caused the circular lights.
There is a logical explanation
Soon, the source of the sighting was revealed: a SpaceX rocket that fired its fuel shortly after launch. Locals in Queenstown, Auckland and Mutweka posted the photos on Twitter and Facebook asking if anyone knew what it might be. in the sky Visible strange phenomenon. It was reported to be brighter in parts of the Pacific Ocean, but the vortex was also seen in Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia and the small island of Tokelau.
Looks like a missile is out of control
Posted on Facebook. Local astronomy groups enthusiastically share images from across the island on social media.
To assuage the curiosity of local residents, the country’s New Plymouth Astronomical Society confirmed that the celestial phenomenon was not suspicious extraterrestrial activity, but SpaceX A phenomenon caused by human activity after a missile launch.
“The spiral seen in the sky around 8:30 this evening was most likely a fuel release or exhaust cloud from a SpaceX rocket launch,” they wrote in their Facebook post.
He added that similar effects have been seen before, and SpaceX’s Globalstar 2 FM15 likely bypassed New Zealand around this time.
This was confirmed by SpaceX, which carried out three successful Falcon 9 launches over the weekend, sending a total of 55 satellites into space.