The huge glow seen for a few seconds was attributed to satellite debris.
A huge flash that lit up the night sky for a few seconds caused annoyance and concern to the people of Kiev, as residents of the Ukrainian capital made various comments on social media platforms.
Indeed, there were many who talked about a new air attack from Russia, but the huge halo that crossed the sky of the Ukrainian capital was due to the fall of a NASA satellite, according to the city administration.
debris that entered the atmosphere
The head of the Kiev military department, Serhiy Popko, appeared reassuring in a Telegram post, attributing the glow to debris from a NASA satellite that burned up upon its return.
“At about 22:00, a flash of the object was observed in the Kiev sky,” Popko wrote in one of the Telegram messages. “According to preliminary information, this phenomenon was the result of a NASA satellite falling to the ground,” he added.
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Sound the alarm
According to the military command official, as reported by the Kiev Independent newspaper, an air raid alert was issued to protect against debris in the sky. Kiev also said the city’s air defenses did not intercept the satellite.
Shortly thereafter, the Ukrainian Air Force also claimed that the flash was “associated with a satellite/meteor fall”, but stated that this had yet to be clarified.
The Air Force added, “Social media enjoys posting UFO pictures, but please don’t use the official Air Force logo to make memes.”
The return of the satellite was known
Media outlet Space reported Tuesday that NASA’s RHESSI satellite, which studied the sun from 2002 to 2018, will fall to Earth in the coming days.
According to US military estimates, the satellite is expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere on Wednesday around 8:00 p.m.
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