Maharashtra: What Appeared To Be An Asteroid, Likely To Be Parts Of Satellite

Mumbai: In what appeared to be a meteor shower or asteroids, a streak of light cut through the night sky over several parts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, are likely to be parts of a satellite. Several people took to social media on Saturday to upload videos of burning objects falling from the sky in several parts of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra. Rocket Lab just sent two more private Earth-observation satellites skyward. A Rocket Lab Electron launcher lifted off Saturday (April 2) at 8:41a.m. EST (1241 GMT) from the company’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Pensula, and that streak of light seen in the sky is likely to be parts of satellite and not meteor shower or asteroids.

Rajendra Gupta, Superintendent of the 300-year-old Jiwaji Observatory in Ujjain, however, said, “This appears to be ulkapind (meteorites). Their fall is common.”

Commonly known as ‘shooting stars’, meteors are objects, which enter the Earth’s atmosphere at a tremendous speed and produce a shower of light streaks called a meteor shower.

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