A mysterious spiral was spotted crossing the night sky over Hawaii earlier this month and captured by the Subaru Telescope. A video of the incident was also shared online and sparked many theories. Will it be an alien?
Mysterious or unexplained sightings in the sky are not new phenomena and have been observed for centuries. What has changed today is that we now have the ability to capture it on video and share it with the rest of the world. The explanation may even be simple.
Perfect spiral appears in the sky of Hawaii and the "wrong" is SpaceX
It is believed that this ability to watch the phenomena on video would reduce conspiracy theories surrounding such sightings. However, as we have seen recently, the number of officially reported Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) has still increased and hundreds remain unexplained.
The US government also said the sightings could be caused by faulty equipment or as a result of malfunctioning sensors. Will be?
Who took this video?
To ensure that the observation was not simply an artifact of the equipment, we can go back to the source, which in this case is the Subaru-Asahi Star Camera installed on the dome of the Subaru Telescope in Maunakea, Hawaii.
On the night of January 18, the vision appeared over the Mauna Kea volcano, which had been dormant for over two millennia. As seen in the video, the event appeared as a small object. It slowly spiraled after emitting an arc-shaped wave, which was captured by the camera in the most incredible detail.
For years, the camera has been bringing crystal clear images of a starry night sky. He also spotted a rare meteor shower a few years ago. So we know there was no artifact or malfunction in the equipment here.
It was the observatory researchers who released the video, looking for an explanation as to what could have been the cause.
What caused the mysterious spiral?
In a tweet shared on January 18th, the Subaru telescope communicator attributed the spiral to a SpaceX. According to the common usage, a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 7:24 am. from the Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida to place a global positioning system satellite into an intermediate orbit.
On January 18, 2023 (HST), the Subaru-Asahi Star camera recorded a mysterious flying spiral over Maunakea, Hawaii. The spiral appears to be related to the launch of a new satellite by the company SpaceX. Watch the video: https://t.co/851Gz7VojV#SubaruTelescope pic.twitter.com/Np58fxpX9e
— Subaru Telescope Eng (@SubaruTel_Eng) January 19, 2023
According to the Washington Post report, similar spirals have been recorded in the past after other SpaceX launches. The Subaru Telescope recorded one in April of last year, but it wasn't as clear as the video above.
So far, there is no scientifically validated explanation for the spiral. Therefore, the speculation is that it is caused by the ejection of the remaining fuel from the launch of the rocket. It is interesting that the The Subaru Space Telescope even caught a few glimmering rays of green light by a remote sensing laser last week, the WaPo report said.
As we add more satellites and constellations, aren't we destroying the view of the sky that ground-based telescopes can capture?