UAE mistakes Russian rocket breaking up for meteorite

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
Published 17.10.2017 11:07
Updated 17.10.2017 11:19

A light seen in the night sky over the United Arab Emirates likely was a discarded Russian rocket breaking up after re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.

Those in Abu Dhabi and Dubai shared online videos and pictures of the light seen in the sky Monday night.

Aerospace websites and others say it likely came from an SL-4 rocket from the launch of cargo spacecraft Progress MS07 on Saturday.

The unmanned spacecraft, which blasted off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch complex in Kazakhstan, carried 2.5 metric tons (2.75 tons) of water, food and scientific equipment to the International Space Station.

The governmental Dubai Media Office, citing the sheikhdom's Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, earlier called the light a "meteorite." The space center did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

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