By: Kyle James | 11-26-2017 | News
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Bright Lights In Sky Was Likely Rocket Falling Back To Earth

Videos showing a huge mass of burning objects began appearing online from Friday night over the Prairie provinces. There were sightings from Saskatchewan and Alberta as well describing a huge bright light streaking across the sky that appeared to be breaking up and burning as it fell.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thanks <a href="">@Dunlap_Obs</a> -folks did indeed witness the reentry of <a href="">@OrbitalATK</a>&#39;s <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Antares</a> rocket booster NORAD ID 2017-071B over <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Saskatchewan</a> this AM- timing+location matches Space-Track prediction. <a href="">@CBCCanada</a> article: <a href=""></a> <a href="">@amsmeteors</a> page: <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Dubious Dave (@Astroguyz) <a href="">November 25, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Now, experts have weighed in on the sighting and say it is likely a rocket booster used to take supplies to the International Space Station falling back to earth. The event startled many who witnessed it thinking it was a plane burning up or a meteor.

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A volunteer at the Royal Astronomical named Eric Briggs witnessed a re-entry of a Russian spacecraft component about 13 years ago at the Dunlap Observatory in Ontario and he says the videos posted online are exactly like what he saw. "I'd expect to see something flying from west to east, faster than an aircraft at high altitude with a trail following behind it and it appearing to break up into pieces," Briggs said.

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Another witness described the object as melting metal saying, "When you melt metal it jumps all over when you're melting it, kind of thing, and that's kind of exactly what it was doing. Some was falling off backwards and some was going forwards in front of it," she said.

Lorne Warkentine says the streak move slowly and was afraid it was a burning plane. Workentine said, "It was kind of exciting but then you start kind of thinking of things, like what could it really be. I thought it was going too slow to be a meteorite or anything. It just wasn't going very fast."

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