Residents frightened by mysterious lights in Okinawa sky, this past Wednesday where a beam of light moved across the night sky going from west to east.
The light became more visible in the prefectural capital of Naha around 8:30 pm and was clearly behind some sort of falling or flying object:
Residents watched the sequence for several minutes. It was a light bright enough to be easily seen from the street even in the center of Naha:
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Residents frightened by mysterious lights in Okinawa sky
Well, what people saw was nothing more than the effects of a Chinese rocket launch last year. On November 5, China launched a Long March 3B rocket carrying a satellite to be placed into orbit.
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The project was a one-way trip, but it wasn’t until this week that certain parts of the rocket fell back into Earth’s atmosphere.
Researchers at Okinawa’s Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory projected that this would happen around the time people in Okinawa started to see the light in the sky, and judging by the specific position of the light, scientists believe that what people were seeing was the debris picking up fire during reentry.
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