Is there a comet, UFO, space trash, meteor or burning plane?
According to a local expert who saw flying our skies last night, the Russian satellite is probably still there – and there a chance, a tiny one, that a small part of it might be sitting in someone's backyard.
Thousands of excited Kiwis from Whangarii to Nelson quickly took to social media last night to post pictures and video of the Bright object that strayed through our evening sky, and then seemed to disappear.
There was much speculation since then about what the object is – and what happened to it once disappeared – but according to a leading site expert it was almost certain that an out-of-control Russian missile defense satellite remained.
The theoretical cosmologist Professor Richard Esteher, the University of Auckland physics head, said that it was 99 per cent sure that the Russian cosmos 2430 satellite – and that Russians were losing control of it.
He said it was among some satellites sent to Russia by land orbit to protect against missile attacks, primarily by the United States.
"The US has a similar constellation of satellites."
East said it was most likely that no one would survive the nearly 2 tunnels satellite that had survived the deep heat of its dive through the atmosphere landed in the sea.
It was primitive, however, that debris such as large chunks of glass or scorched metal landed in someone's backyard.
"In the far [case] … that you discover some "spot junk", some spacecraft have little maneuvering engines that use toxic propellants, so anything that looked like a gas bottle or tank should be treated with caution.
"But pieces of metal are almost certain, apart from the sharp edges."
Asked if there was no obligation to report such finds, he said, "I think the fire brigade would be your first call, they handle chemical risks as well.
"And I didn't know what to eat of debris," he said, saying, "If you have any damage, the Russian President may have achieved:" You may send Vladimir Putin's bill. "
Easther has returned some satellites to Earth every year. Notable ones including the US There. Skylab and a Russian satellite that contaminated parts of Canada.
Depilac debris was found in Western Australia following the US dollar. There. Space station crashed back to Earth in 1979.
The previous year, the Soviet Reconnaissance Satellite Cosmos 954 scattered radioactive debris over northern Canada when it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere. A fault before re-entry has prevented the safe separation of its onboard nuclear reactor.
East said Cosmos 2430 was known to travel across New Zealand during the bright object of last night. The proof that there is the cause would be in skimwatchers reporting its absence.
If it were a controlled descent, it would have been maneuvered to splash in the Southern Ocean.
The fact he was accusing in New Zealand explained that "the Russians lost it."