A week after a large orb of light was observed moving across
the early morning Alaska sky, scientists have offered an
Fairbanks photographer Leslie Smallwood captured video
of the luminous sphere on automated aurora cameras before
5 AM Tuesday March 29th.
UFO Spin: And it seemed like it had something that was
spinning inside it. When I zoomed in on it, and its a small
Smallwood says the foggy ball of light was far larger than
a full moon and is seen on the video moving through the dark
sky from the northeast to the southwest over a few minutes.
UFO Slow T2T: Smallwood: Its not like it shot across the
sky. It was like taking its time.
Conde: Much too slow for it to be a meteor.
University of Alaska Fairbanks physics professor Mark Conde
(CON-day) says video of the light ball was also recorded by
a UAF all sky camera in Gakona. Speaking last week Conde
said he wasnt sure what to attribute the phenomenon to, but
noted that the orb appeared gaseous.
UFO Gas T2T: Conde: You know a glowing cloud of gas that
was sunlit would look like that. McDowell: I am very confident
that what people saw was the dumping of fuel from a Chinese
Jonathan McDowell is an astronomer at the Harvard Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics in Boston, Massachusetts. McDowell
says sightings of the orb in Alaska correspond with the flight
of a Chinese satellite deployment rocket.
UFO China: This rocket: the Longmarch 6A or Chang Zheng
6A was launched early on March 29th from China, placed 2
satellites in orbit, and calculating its orbital path, it passed over
the Yukon area about 350 miles up, at exactly the time that this
glow was seen in the Alaskan sky.
McDowell says leftover rocket fuel was likely released into space
where it froze, spread out and reflected sunlight.
UFO Huge: And this cloud is probably hundreds of miles across,
thats why it looks so big.
As to why rotating movement and a tail were observed, McDowell
explains that to maintain a rockets orbit during the release of
fuel, the space craft is put into a tumble.
UFO Tumble: End over end while spewing out this fuel like
a garden hose, and so youll get this sort of moving pattern.
McDowell says rocket fuel dumps resulting in visible spheres of
light occur fairly regularly in the lower 48 and elsewhere in the
world. He says a similar glowing orb viewed over a large area of
northern Siberia in 2017 was attributed to exhaust from ballistic
missiles during test firings.