Meteor shower lights up skies of Maharashtra; WATCH


Mumbai: A blazing streak of light piercing through the night sky was seen in several districts of Maharashtra and the unusual event was captured by people on their phones and shared on social media.

While many people described the sighting as a “meteor shower,” astronomer Jonathan McDowell speculated that the celestial event seen over Maharashtra was actually the “re-entry of a Chinese rocket stage” that was launched in February 2021. A resident of Buldhana of Maharashtra said that the streak of light was seen by several people in the district.

Suresh Chopade, president of Skywatch group, Nagpur, said a rare event was observed by several people in Maharashtra in the evening and they shared its videos and pictures.

Chopade said he had been observing space-related events for the past 25 years and it seems like the event was related to a satellite. 

These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories.  

first published:April 3, 2022, 11:28 a.m.

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