The video captures pieces of the rocket crossing the ethers, creating a “bright path” over Granada as it ignites and separates.
Remains of a Chinese space rocket glowing as they entered the atmosphere illuminated the Spanish night sky in the early hours of Tuesday morning, leaving many spectators stunned and puzzled.
OUR NETWORK RECORDED THE CHINESE ROCKET CZ-2F REENTRY OVER SPAIN last night. The artificial bolide # SPMN200622ART exhibited many pieces, and occurred at 22h30m UTC (0h30m local time). We got many eyewitnesses and casual recordings of people.
From Estepa @AJ_Robles 👇#DoLookUp😍 pic.twitter.com/rgzMoVD40H
– Red Deer and Meteorite Investigation Red (SPMN) (@RedSpmn) June 21, 2022
“I think it was the most spectacular phenomenon I have ever observed in the sky,” said Miguel Kruth, who videotaped images provided by Reuters. In the relevant video, the pieces of the rocket are immortalized crossing the ethers, creating a “bright path” over Granada, as they ignited and separated.
This was an ATV reentry in 2008, not CZ-2F. pic.twitter.com/WBRXSJICKB
– Seger YU (@SegerYu) June 20, 2022
Kruth had read about the wreckage of a Chinese CZ-2F rocket and was ready to capture images from a balcony. “I did not have high hopes, but I was lucky tonight,” he said.
Similar videos from different locations in Spain and Portugal have been published by internet users. This was followed by a storm of comments on social media – with speculation about meteorites and even … aliens – which subsided when it became known that it was the wreckage of a space rocket.
An eyewitness described in a Twitter post that “cars stopped on a highway” and people were watching the spectacle in the sky.
The rocket was launched on June 5 and transported three astronauts to the Chinese space station.
– Diego (@ DiEgUnY26) June 20, 2022
Sighting of what could possibly be Object CZ-2F R / B (ID 52798) from # Shenzhou14 mission, re-entering over #Casablanca province#Morocco at 10 PM GMT 06/20/2022!
Can you guys confirm if the reentry trajectory confirms the sighting? @SciGuySpace @ planet4589 @DJSnM pic.twitter.com/n6pSoeNswc
– MOHAMED ZHIRI (@ SIMOZT1) June 21, 2022
Special base (upper stage of Chinese CZ-2F) observed above in Portugal and # Spain is medianoche (00:32 local time).
Observatories from Cádiz, Toledo, Madrid, Huelva, Murcia, Granada, Seville, Málaga among others.
– Asismet (@Asismet_IF) June 20, 2022