Falling Space Debris Produces Dazzling Sight Over Brisbane

Debris from a Chinese rocket re-entered Earth’s atmosphere in a dazzling display that captivated stargazers on February 25.

Professor Jonti Horner, an astronomer and astrobiologist at the University of Southern Queensland, told Storyful the debris that sparked the light show was an “upper stage from a Long March 3B rocket”.

According to NASASpaceflight.com, the rocket was launched on November 4, 2019, and carried a Chinese GPS satellite into orbit.

This video uploaded by Nige Glock shows the space junk lighting up the night sky over Brisbane as it hurtles toward Earth. Credit: Nige Glock via Storyful

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