Space Junk Soars Across Sky In Video Filmed Using Selfie Stick
Is it a plane? Is it a meteor? No, it’s more likely to be debris from a Russian rocket.
The space junk soars across the sky in a spectacular video filmed by a selfie stick user in Thailand.
Video posted to YouTube by Charnchai Jardpimai shows him casually talking to the camera in a field in Phitsanulok province on Saturday.
But at the 54-second point, he suddenly spots something flying in the air and excitedly turns the lens toward it. The bright light shoots overhead for more than a minute before vanishing below the horizon.
Jardpimai initially thought the object was a meteor, reports the Daily Telegraph. However, according to the Bangkok Post, the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand later stated it was more likely debris from a Russian rocket that had ejected after the launch of a weather satellite from Kazakhstan on Dec. 11.
The institute’s deputy director, Saran Poshayachinda, said the debris posed no danger to the Earth and is believed to have crash-landed in the Pacific Ocean.
Burning Soviet-era space junk similarly lit up the skies over Hawaii in August.
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