A Boeing 747 cargo pilot captured an odd streak of bright light that appeared to race across the night sky during a recent overnight flight. Its origin has now been revealed.
Bright Light In Night Sky Captured By 747 Pilot No Longer A UFO
Christiaan van Heijst, a prolific aviation photographer and 747 cargo pilot, was flying CAL Cargo Air Lines flight 573 from Tel Aviv (TLV) to Liege, Belgium (LGG) on April 29, 2022 when he noticed a bright light in the dark night sky.
He captured this video:
On his blog, van Heijst explained that his initial thought was this was the International Space Station, but that seemed unlikely:
Flying north-west over a cloudy Austria, we suddenly noticed a bright light starting to pop up and move in a roughly northerly direction. Judging by the speed, I initially thought we saw the International Space Station passing by, though the heading was not along ISS flying tracks and its exceptional brightness did not make sense, since there was no way the sunlight would be able to reflect from across the horizon as we were on the darkest time of night.
Speed and direction remained steady, though the light seemed to grow a large and diffuse cloud around it, as if it left exhaust gasses, growing ever larger and dimmer as it traversed the skies, until it eventually crossed the horizon a few minutes later as a huge dim ‘blob’ of light in the upper atmosphere or low-earth orbit.
Upon request, German Air Traffic Control (Rhein) was not aware of any high-altitude military activities.
For two days the source of the object remained a mystery.
It was later discovered that what van Heijst had witnessed was the de-orbit burn of a Russian rocket called Angara.
Russia’s Angara 1.2 rocket has launched a payload for the Russian Aerospace Forces, the VKS RF. This is Angara 1.2’s first operational flight, after one suborbital test flight to verify that all systems worked and three test flights of the Angara-A5 variant to prove its ability to launch payloads to a geostationary orbit.
Not much is known about the mission, with the identity of the payload yet to be uncovered and multiple potential payloads possibly onboard the rocket. All that is known is that the spacecraft has been designated Kosmos 2555 after successfully deploying from the rocket.
The most likely payload is a radar satellite, intended for use by the Russian military…
A 747 pilot captured an odd video of a bright moving object from the cockpit of his flight to Belgium. It turns out the UFO has now been identified as a Russian rocket.
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