The sighting of a mysterious blue spiral light in the Hawaiian sky was once mistaken for a UFO. Photo/Astronomical Observatory of Japan
The appearance of the blue spiral light was caught on camera by the Subaru Telescope, which is located at the top of Maunakea. It turns out that the light appeared shortly after SpaceX launched the United States Space Force’s (US) GPS satellite into orbit.
“On January 18, 2023, the Subaru-Asahi Star Camera captured a mysterious flying spiral over Maunakea, Hawaii,” tweeted an official with the Subaru Telescope from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.
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Experts say the spiral shape appears as the top of the Falcon 9 expels unnecessary fuel during its deep descent into the sea. As the rocket fuel is ejected, it freezes and crystallizes in a spiral shape, which is then illuminated by the sun.
This isn’t the first time a SpaceX launch has led observers to think it might be a UFO sighting. In June last year, a mysterious blue spiral of light crossed the New Zealand sky confusing onlookers who thought it was coming from aliens.
Swirling plumes of gas light up the sky over Nelson, a city on the tip of New Zealand’s south island, and travel 750km south to Stewart Island. However, experts later revealed that this phenomenon was due to man-made space junk in the form of a dying rocket owned by Elon Musk’s company.
The mysterious moving trail of light that shocked Australians in January 2022, was also the result of the activity of the Starlink satellite launched by SpaceX. Especially last year SpaceX made a record-breaking 61 launches, nearly double its 31 launches from 2021.
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Satellite tracker Scott Tilley said the spiral’s position was a near perfect match to the landing of the second stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket that occurred minutes after launch. For the first stage, return to Earth in a drone ship at sea. “The spiral seems to be related to the launch of the company’s new satellite SpaceX,” he said.