It was news in several media and the images were shared over the Internet, in Portugal and also in neighboring Spain. A fireball that crossed the skies and that looked like a meteorite entering the atmosphere, at dawn last Tuesday. It would be a star, a plane, no, it was a Russian rocket exploding, after transporting material to the International Space Station (ISS).
This rare sight was seen at 5:45 am, passing through the municipality of Ourém, in the direction Lisbon-Porto and, later on, it was breaking news in Galicia's skies.
We talked to you here for days about the official filming of UFOs by the Pentagon, an asteroid that passed through the neighborhood of Earth and, this time, was an object of human manufacture. The rare images, fantastic one dawn across the Iberian skies, were an exploding Russian rocket after transporting material to the ISS.
Russian rocket is seen exploding in the Iberian sky
Astronomy professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela and director of the Ramón Aller Observatory referred it is about re-entering the atmosphere of a Soyuz rocket. This had been sent last week from Kazakhstan to the ISS with supplies.
The professor said that the phenomenon could be seen at 6:45 am on Tuesday, in Galician cities, where the sky was clear.
In A Coruña it was seen passing from northeast to southwest, towards the ocean.
Told the teacher.
In Portugal, the phenomenon was visible at 5:45 am on Tuesday, in the municipality of Ourém:
A common device with a not so common ending
This type of rockets, sent for small missions, are adrift when they complete their task. Then, they gradually descend until they are destroyed as they approach the lower layers of the atmosphere. According to what has been explained, it is not common to see this type of phenomenon in the Iberian skies. In addition, the last similar case occurred in 2001, when rockets re-entered the atmosphere.
He adds that the possible re-entry of the Soyuz rocket was foreseen, but this type of phenomenon is characterized by being a little uncertain at the time of the fall. In addition, rockets are normally programmed to fall towards the oceans.
Although there were times when the parts of the rockets were so heavy that they reached the ground, the professor guarantees that this type of phenomenon does not usually imply dangers, since the rockets are made of a material that, from the start, destroys on contact with the atmosphere.