LONG ISLAND, NY – It’s not exactly a bird, it’s not exactly a plane, and it’s not Superman returning to his job at The Daily Planet.
But when a trail of light erupted on Long Island’s south shore on Saturday, many residents wondered what they saw and stopped in their tracks to snap a few pixel videos on their cellphones.
Turns out “it” was a vapor trail SpaceX’s Falcon 9 A shot of the sky after the Starlink mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Due to clear conditions, the launch of more than 52 Starlink satellites was visible to people all over the East Coast after 7:30 p.m. Space.com informed.
Spectators near the launch pad witnessed the Falcon 9’s first stage, during which it fell back to Earth for a soft landing. SpaceX “A Shortfall of Gravitas” drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX plans to expand its Starlink mega-constellation, sending about 3,400 Starlinks into space and putting thousands more into the air.
That was just days before Monday’s up-close-and-personal view of Jupiter, which is slated to make its closest orbit of Earth for the first time in 59 years.
It gained attention on Saturday as viewers posted their footage and videos on social media.
Tom DeSantis of Farmingdale also captured the spectacle, capturing it floating across the sky before fading into the night. video posted on the site Farmingdale patch it had more than 40,000 views on Monday.
The object identified in Bellport could be seen flying over Avino’s Italian Table in a video tweeted by Rich Franklin. He asked his followers: “#UFO or #Spacex?”
News 12 reported receiving phone calls from multiple viewers reporting seeing the mission.
“What a sight to see in the sky on a Saturday night!” Meredith Garofalo wrote while sharing a post from viewers in Woodbury.
But the performance did not end there.
Long Islanders were still treated to a spectacular sight as Jupiter passed by on Monday.
It’s not that far from the picture … a planned crash was a little less obvious NASA The spacecraft crashed into an asteroid around 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Space.com called the crash wild because it was something out of a Star Wars movie and the Death Star.
NASA announced the “impact success” on Twitter at approximately 7:19 p.m. and released the video. #DARTMISSION‘s DRACO Camera described the spacecraft as having successfully collided with asteroid Dimorphos, the size of a “vending machine”, “which is the size of a football stadium and poses no threat to Earth”.
This could be the last of the space shows for a while, as Hurricane Ian delayed SpaceX’s five-crew launch from Cape Canaveral until October. 4, Space.com reported late Tuesday.
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