On Friday night, many residents of the northwestern states of the USA spotted strange flying lights in the sky above their heads: physics professor Coyner tried to give an explanation
Strange presences in the US sky. On the night of Thursday 25 to Friday 26 March 2021, many residents of the Northwestern states spotted eerie flying lights in the sky above their heads. The phenomenon was particularly visible in Oregon and Washington state. Citizens have reported to local authorities the presence of elongated luminous objects whizzing through the dark night at an extremely high speed. Obviously, the strange lights were immortalised in dozens of photographs and amateur videos that immediately went viral on social networks. Are they military aircraft on a mission? Meteorological satellites? Shooting stars? Or are we dealing with unidentified spacecraft? The questions from concerned citizens have become increasingly numerous and insistent. Aaron Coyner, a professor of physics at Southwestern Community College in Webster, North Carolina, has stepped in to try to restore calm.
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Professor Aaron Coyner’s explanation
Interviewed by NBC, Coyner gave a purely scientific explanation for the strange phenomenon. In his view, the strange lights in the US sky are caused by debris from the Falcon Nine rocket. Parts of the rocket detach from the launcher after launch and fall to the ground through the atmosphere at very high speed. It is precisely the speed and friction that cause the debris to catch fire, “giving rise” to the strange flying lights seen in Oregon and Washington. These are not UFOs or alien spacecraft. Those lights we saw on Thursday night,” explained Prof Coyner, “are the debris from the Falcon Nine as it fell to the ground after the rocket detached. During the fall, these metal parts undergo a lot of friction and receive a lot of extra heat that made them burn, causing them to glow in the night sky.”