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Author: Anthony Franze, Nathan Santo Domingo
Published: 2:15 PM CDT July 18, 2020
Updated: 10:32 PM CDT July 20, 2020
MIDLAND, Texas — West Texas skies lit up shortly after 2 a.m. as a strange object streaked across the sky.
Initially, it appeared to be a meteor breaking up in the earth's atmosphere. But this object was moving too slow and didn't behave like a typical meteor.
Upon further investigation, this object was not a space rock, but rather something built by humans.
Dr. Marco Langbroek, a Dutch archaeologist who researches asteroids and satellite behaviors, tweeted that this was not a meteor, but a Russian rocket booster that was launched in 2019.
This was also confirmed by Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
The rocket entered the earth's atmosphere over Mexico and began to break up over New Mexico and Texas.