US Rocket Launch Mistaken As UFO In Australia!

June 6th, 2010 - 7:05 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
Rocket LaunchSydney, June 6, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The much awaited launch of the Falcon9 rocket was successful but it triggered UFO rumor in Australia.

The Australians found a bright and spiraling light in the sky and could not understand what the thing was. It was seen in the east coast of Australia. A resident of Canberra said that the object had a bright distinct center with spiraling trails and it could be seen for two minutes. The footage of the spectacle is out in the web by now as expected.

Astronomer Andrew Jacob who is in the Sydney Observatory said that it was possibly the Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX that was launched from Cape Canaveral on Friday.

The astronomer said that it was not a comet or meteor shower by any chance. He also said that the timing was accurate for the rocket to be seen in Australia in the morning. The spiral light was owing to the gas leaking from the rocket’s booster.

The booster of the rocket spins making the gas shoot out and this in turn creates a water-sprinkler spiral pattern.

While the astronomers guessed the strange swirling light could be the Falcon 9 rocket, some residents fancied it to be an UFO. They also posted comments on the social networking sites on it and the UFO theory started doing the round in the web pretty fast.

It was nice to see the swirling white light fast disappearing in the blue sky and the gazers were left wondering about its identity.

The Falcon 9 rocket reached the orbit successfully despite some initial hitches as the Spacex reported later.

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