Strange spiral clouds are allegedly caused by SpaceX rocket

The people of New Zealand were able to see strange spiral clouds that appeared in the night sky last Sunday night, probably due to the recent launch of a SpaceX rocket.

Although speculation about the cause of the strange figure ranged from black holes to an alien spacecraft, the prevailing hypothesis is that the spiral was the result of vapors from the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, which on June 19 carried the Globalstar FM15 satellite into low Earth orbit from the Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida.

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Alasdair Burns, who runs the stargazing agency Twinkle Dark Sky Tours on Stewart Island off New Zealand’s south coast, told Fortune on Tuesday that he was “astonished” to see the cloud, indicates RT.

“There aren’t many visible changes in the night sky in short periods of time, so seeing what looked like a spiral galaxy suddenly overhead was unsettling,” he added.

The businessman commented that he immediately thought that the clouds had been caused by a rocket, since he had seen images of similar phenomena that occurred after the launch of a spacecraft.

“Even knowing that, it was chilling to watch,” he added.

The New Plymouth Astronomical Society, based in the north of the oceanic country, said in a statement that the alleged spiral was “most likely a ‘fuel spill’ or ‘plume of gases’ from a SpaceX rocket launch.”

“Similar effects have been seen before, and it is likely that SpaceX’s Globalstar 2 FM15 passed New Zealand around this time,” the organization noted.

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