They looked up at the sky and saw a fiery ball. Social media lit up with pictures and comments, as people across the Pacific Northwest saw something dramatic in the sky last night. “It’s burning, what is it?” “It looks like we’ve got some kind of debris falling out of the sky.”
Some people reported hearing explosions.
Astronomer Jonathan McDowell at the Center for Astrophysics says the streaking light came from the Falcon 9 rocket that SpaceX launched on March 4th.
McDowell says the rocket “failed to make a de-orbit burn,” and the event people witnessed around 9 o’clock last night was the rocket re-entering the atmosphere after 22 days in orbit.
Folks from the Oregon Coast, Salem, the Portland area, Southwest Washington, and Seattle spotted the fiery light in the sky.