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meteor? No, the phenomenon in the sky of Tras-os-Montes was a SpaceX satellite

The return of SpaceX’s Starlink-2200 satellite to Earth was the phenomenon seen Sunday night in the sky of Trás-os-Montes, a researcher from the Astrophysical Institute revealed this Monday, adding that the phenomenon does not represent a danger to the planet.

In Lusa’s remarks, researcher Nuno Peixinho, of the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA), explained that the phenomenon, shared by people on social media, “led to believe it wasn’t a meteor, but a re-entry into the atmosphere for some space junk.” “.

“And so it was. Indeed, it was SpaceX’s Starlink-2200 satellite and it was expected to fall. Almost every day, one or more satellites enter low-atmospheric orbit. This time, we were lucky to see it”, .

According to Nuno Bixenio, re-entry of space waste to Earth “has no danger”, even if it is done quickly to “scrape” the atmosphere.

He explained that “a satellite orbiting the Earth returns at a speed of about 10 kilometers per second.”