Chinese missile bombards Aurora with spinning ball of light

An image of the spinning ball of blue light moving across an aurora-filled Alaskan sky. (Credit: The Aurora Hunters/Ronn Murray/Marketa Murray)

Scientists have solved the mystery of a spinning ball of bluish light that slowly swept across the Alaskan sky last month and stole the show from the famous Northern Lights: the unusual ball was most likely debris from a Chinese missile that flew overhead.

Eyewitnesses across the state spotted the strange phenomenon around 5 a.m. local time on March 29. “It seemed like something was spinning,” Leslie Smallwood, a Fairbanks resident who witnessed the event, told the local news station KUAC (opens in new tab). The sphere appeared much larger than a full one moon and moved from the northeast to the southwest, he added.

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