Great balls of fire! 'Rocket debris' lights up Japan skies

正体は?夜空にナゾの飛翔体 明るい“火の玉”カメラで次々 -- May 11
NAHA, May 11 ( - Video of the apparent fireballs lit up social media on Wednesday night, with residents and users speculating on what might have caused the unusual display.

The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)'s Ishigaki branch in Okinawa said it observed the streaks of light at 8:33 pm Wednesday (1133 GMT), an official told AFP.

"Given the information publicly available, we think the falling objects are not fireballs from meteorites, but debris from a rocket," said a NAOJ official, who declined to be named.

"The slow speed and the way the light moved - threads of lights moving in parallel - looked exactly like the atmospheric entry of debris from a rocket," he said.

"It is possible that (it was) debris from a rocket that was launched by China in November," he added. ...continue reading

May 11 (ANNnewsCH) - 10日午後8時半ごろ、沖縄を中心に火の玉のようなものが目撃されました。その大きさと明るさに恐怖を感じる人もいる一方で、珍しい天体ショーとして楽しむ人もいた謎の火の玉。この火の玉、その正体は…。  ...continue reading

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