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The mysterious boom and flash of light seen over parts of Virginia Sunday night was not a meteor, but actually exploding space junk from the second stage of a Russian Soyuz rocket falling back to Earth, according to an official with the U.S. Naval Observatory.
"I'm pretty convinced that what these folks saw was the second stage of the Soyuz rocket that launched the crew up to the space station," said Jeff Chester of the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.
Residents of the areas around Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., began calling 911 last night with reports of hearing a loud boom and seeing a streak of light that lit up the sky, according to news reports.
as the booster from a Soviet rocket
Originally posted by ZeroKnowledge
It took almost two decades for a booster section to fall down??
Seriously though, i do not know what it was or how loud/bright it was. But there were hundreds (understatement) of those boosters,some Soviet ,some Russian , and yet it was described by people as something extraordinary. So personally i'll wait before accepting this version.
What about the sound( honest question) are they known to produce any? and if so why? Second line.
Chester ran a satellite tracking program that showed that the rocket debris should have come down exactly in the area where the fireball was spotted.
"This is just too much of a coincidence to be coincidence," he said.
Chester said that U.S. Space Surveillance Network had not yet confirmed that this was the case, but said that he was "99 and four one-hundredths [percent] convinced that this is what it is."