A powerful Japanese telescope captured video of a spiraling blue star hovering over a volcano in Hawaii earlier this month. Was it a flying saucer from the confines of the Universe? We take stock.
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“Subaru-Asahi has filmed a mysterious flying spiral,” wrote the Twitter account of the telescope, which is perched atop the Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii.
The phenomenon occurred in the early morning of January 18, below the dormant volcano, at an altitude of 4200 m. What was at first just a small white dot in the sky turned into a bluish swirl, before disappearing.
The spiral appears to be linked to the launch of a new satellite by SpaceX, a company founded by billionaire Elon Musk.
That day, around 7:24 a.m. Montreal time, SpaceX launched a global positioning satellite into medium orbit using a Falcon 9 rocket, which took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The satellite was seen shortly before 5 a.m. (10 a.m. Montreal time), nearly three hours after orbiting. According to several Internet users, it is the expulsion of the remaining fuel that is at the origin of the spiral.
Not the first time…not the last time
This is not the first time that such a spiral has been observed in the starry sky. Last April, the Japanese Subaru telescope also captured a similar spiral in the sky of Hawaii.
In June 2022, a similar phenomenon occurred in the skies of Queenstown, New Zealand, the same day a Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral.
It would essentially be a cloud of water and carbon dioxide illuminated by the Sun.
− With information from the Washington Post
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