Mysterious ‘UFO’ seen flying in UK sky on night of US rocket launch
A mysterious conical object was seen hovering through the sky on Monday night. It is thought it was caused by the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket re-entering the atmosphere
A mum feared aliens were landing on Earth last night after spotting a huge UFO moving through the sky – which turned out to be a NASA rocket.
Jayne Dickinson was among many Brits who saw the soundless triangular light hovering overhead before shooting off northwards and quickly jumped to conclusions.
The 47-year-old had travelled to Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland to snap the Northern Lights when she spotted the bizarre aircraft around 10.30pm on Monday.
The postie, from Linton, Morpeth, Northumberland, said: “I’d gone in search of the Northern Lights but I couldn’t see any.
“I was walking back to my car when I suddenly saw this incredibly bright shape soaring up in the sky.
“It was amazing and grabbed my camera and started taking pictures of it. I must admit I thought the aliens were landing.
“As soon as I got home I checked what it could have been and realised it was the NASA Landsat-9 satellite which had launched in California.
“It was a pretty great feeling to see it from the other side of the world.”
The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 11.12am local time (7.12pm GMT) on Monday.
The unidentified conical object was in fact parts of the rocket re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere, reports HullLive.
Among the places sightings were reported include Hull, Leicester, Nottingham and Swansea.
One witness said: “It was a huge white triangle in the sky no noise at all, no planes showing up on the flight tracker, has to be something in orbit but was something I’ve never seen before, and to say how high it was the projected light must have been miles wide.”
Another added: “It was a triangle of light moving across the sky, it was so unnatural.”
Others said that where they were the object seemed to float in the sky, hovering above them for some time before it moved.
A photographer from the US said the phenomena was “rocket launch stage de-burn”
“Remarkable naked eye sight like two vivid comets rapidly creeping across the background stars like phantoms,” he continued.
“I always wanted to tick this one off my list.”
The Swansea UFO Network tweeted that the object was seen over the Welsh city around 10.30pm “but don’t worry, it’s the Atlas V rocket entering the atmosphere, to deliver 9 satellites to orbit!
“The rocket launched from California and was last seen heading north across the U.K.”
The Atlas V rocket successfully carried Landsat 9 — a NASA satellite meant to help monitor Earth’s land and coastal regions — into orbit before separating and moving to a lower orbit to deploy rideshare Cubesats.
According to NASA, Landsat 9 can take more than 700 images of Earth per day.
The launch had previously been delayed because of supply chain troubles that limited access to liquid nitrogen.
In related news, physical debris from two alleged UFO crash sites over the past 70 years has been examined in a lab, it has been confirmed.
A new state-of-the-art machine has enabled scientists at Stanford University, California, to study in-depth was what collected.
Metal debris from UFO cases dating as far back as 1947 have been investigated after being obtained through on field research of supposed crashes in Colombia and Argentina.
The new “multi-parameter ion beam imager” gives scientists the chance to look at the atomic structure of a selected material.
It also comes after a man in the US claimed aliens had ruined his life by inserting a nanochip in his arm.
Steve Colbern claimed that he had been taken aboard a UFO “hundreds of times” by aliens that looked like “typical greys”, and that he’s been abducted so many times that his perspective on life has changed.
He blames the encounters with ending his marriage and him losing his job.
Mr Colbern claims incident began when he found a UFO hovering over his avocado tree, before he was then pulled up into the spaceship by a green light beam.
Then, he was led to a medical station and told to lie down and when he returned to Earth nothing was the same.