It wasn’t a meteor, it was rocket boosterA brilliant object that burned in the early morning sky was the body of a Russian booster rocket re-entering the atmosphere over Colorado and Wyoming, according to NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command.
There was an initial report that a piece of the rocket landed in Riverton, Wyo., near U.S. Highway 28, around 6:13 a.m., according to NORAD’s Web site. It’s also possible that pieces of the object broke off during re-entry over Colorado.
No damage has been reported and the debris is not believed to be hazardous, according to the NORAD Web site.
NORAD identified the rocket as an SL-4 used to launch a French space telescope in December.
Calls to police and media starting coming in shortly after 6:15 a.m. from locals who reported seeing an “unreal” bright light slowly streaking across the sky from north to south.
The light was described as having an extremely bright head with a tail that emitted sparks or smoke. The object was initially thought to have been a meteor.