Rocket Debris Causes NW Light Show

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Many people in Oregon and Washington state reported mysterious bright objects in the sky Thursday night, but they weren’t meteors, according to NWS Portland’s twitter account.  And, Many videos were taken of the event here 

“While we await further confirmation on the details, here’s the unofficial information we have so far. The widely reported bright objects in the sky were the debris from a Falcon 9 rocket 2nd stage that did not successfully have a deorbit burn,” according to NWS Seattle.

Here’s some more info on atmospheric re-entry. Typical manmade objects obtain low Earth orbit at speeds around 17,500 mph. As they re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere, the angle must be just right. If it’s too steep, they burn up.”