In the early hours of this morning a mysterious light in the sky was witnessed by people in different parts of Andalucia and caused a flurry of images on social media.
But there is no caused to go searching for a tinfoil hat or practice your Dalek voice brandishing a sink plunger, because it was a part of a rocket falling to earth, according to an astrophysicist at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC); i.e., the 2nd stage of a Falcon 9 rocket.
“They launched another SpaceX mission in order to put more satellites into orbit, as part of the Starlink Project,” explained Professor Madiedo, adding that the rocket had been launched at 02.32h and the glow seen in the clouds was caused when the propulsion of that stage fired up to stop its ascent and for it to fall to earth.
He went on to say that a string of lights can be observed over the next few days, which will be the Starlink satellites being placed into orbit. According to SpaceX’s webpage the rocket carried 51 Starlink satellites and a Sherpa-LTC, which is a orbit-transfer vehicle
What you did see on Saturday night, however, if you had been star gazing, was a fireball caused by a chunk of rock coming from an asteroid, hitting the atmosphere over the Atlantic 94 kilometres up at 57,000 kph before burning up at a height o 38 kilometres.
Editorial comment: so there you go, if somebody does turn up on your doorstep with an anal probe, it won’t be anybody from another planet. Perhaps a word with your neighbour’s wife?