Falling Spacex debris creates a light show in the sky

If you live in the US Pacific Northwest, you may have seen a strange meteor flying through the sky on Thursday evening (March 25). But that wasn’t a chunk of asteroid or comet – it was likely SpaceX debris that fell and burned in Earth’s atmosphere, experts say.

On March 4, SpaceX launched a batch of 60 Starlink Internet satellites to orbit aboard a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket. Experts believe that the return of that rocket’s upper stage was what caused last night’s air show, which speckled the sky with bright glowing dots moving across the sky. Local reports pegged the event on Friday (March 26) just after midnight EDT (0400 GMT), or Thursday around 9:00 p.m. local time on the US West Coast.