The “UFO” seen in France was just a SpaceX rocket

Several French men and women were able to film a strange phenomenon in the sky on April 21, 2022. Even if the term “UFO” was used, there is nothing paranormal in it: it was a rocket launcher. SpaceX.

It’s too weird. It is enormous ! “Some French have could observe a curious phenomenon in the sky on April 21, 2022. Video clips were posted on social media, along with questions about the nature of the event. Some people have even gone so far as to mention the term UFO (unidentified flying object).

In reality, this object is not unidentified. As pointed it out on Twitter the astrophysicist Eric Lagadec, from the Observatory of the Côte d’Azur, it is in fact a SpaceX rocket, more precisely a Falcon 9. The scientific mediator Pierre Henriquet, for his part, precise that it is a second stage of a SpaceX launch vehicle.

A Falcon 9 that sent Starlink satellites

Effectively, as mentioned it SpaceX on April 21, a return of one of its rockets took place that day. The first stage of a Falcon 9 returned to land (realizing on this occasion its 12th launch followed by a landing). The rocket was used to deploy satellites that are part of the Starlink constellation, SpaceX’s internet-by-space project.

Liftoff of this SpaceX rocket. // Source : Via Twitter @SpaceX

The people who could see the rocket in the sky describe the phenomenon as a moving point of light preceded by a cloud “, Where as a ” object [qui] moves at constant speed, with a kind of halo of light on either side of what looks like a phenomenon when a mirage breaks the sound barrier. »

The presence of this cloud actually comes from ” a deorbiting maneuver “, noted @Astro_Geek2, an enthusiast who regularly tweets about astronomy and aerospace. The cloud is formed by the gases escaping from the engine, and the shining point is none other than the burning engine, he describes.

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