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Mysterious golden streaks lit up the sky over Southern California. Initially, it was thought that it was a meteor shower or Starlinks, satellites created by Elon Musk's SpaceX, but they were not. Experts from the Aerospace Corporation said it was a Chinese orbital module re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.

Bright streaks of light streaked across the sky over Southern California early Tuesday morning. According to people who saw it, the phenomenon looked like a meteor shower or Starlinks, satellites developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX company – writes the BBC.

An analysis conducted by the American non-profit organization Aerospace Corporation shows that the object that appeared over Los Angeles was an orbital module entering the Earth's atmosphere. It came from the Chinese Shenzhou-15 spacecraft launched in November 2022.

Space junk

Garbage is a problem not only on Earth, but also in space. Fragments of old spaceships and satellites drift there at great speed. There is a high risk of their collision with other objects carrying out current missions in space.

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Madhu Thangavelu, a space relations expert at the University of Southern California, told the BBC that the global space community is growing and must be responsible for space debris.

“I hope it all burned up in the upper atmosphere,” Thangavelu said, adding that some of it could have landed in the Pacific. There were no reports of debris reaching land.

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