“The spiral seems to be related to the SpaceX company’s launch of a new satellite,” officials from the National Astronomical Observatory explained in a tweet.
\u201cOn Jan 18, 2023 (HST), the Subaru-Asahi Star Camera captured a mysterious flying spiral over Maunakea, Hawai`i. The spiral seems to be related to the SpaceX company's launch of a new satellite.\nWatch the video:\nhttps://t.co/851Gz7VojV\n#SubaruTelescope\u201d
— Subaru Telescope Eng (@Subaru Telescope Eng)
Musk’s company did indeed launch its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Wednesday, carrying a GPS satellite for the US Space Force.
But where did that spiral come from?
Satellite tracker Scott Tilley suggested it was caused by a vent from the Falcon 9, as the rocket released fuel during its descent into the Atlantic Ocean.
This isn’t the first time a SpaceX launch has given birth to a “crazy blue spiral”.
In June last year, a New Zealand woman managed to take a photo of a “bizarre but very cool” swirl in the sky above her house following a Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral earlier that day, while over in Illinois, a man captured a “smoke ring” as the satellite entered orbit.
\u201cTaken in Queenstown NZ about 30 minute's ago. Any ideas what it is? Some speculating it's got something to do with SpaceX @elonmusk\u201d