Thursday morning we were treated to an awesome light show in the western sky as the remnants of a Russian Soyuz 2-1b rocket re-entered the atmosphere and broke up high above the mountains. It was an amazing sight to see. Likely a once in a lifetime event. There was also a full moon setting and the debris passed just below it.
The rocket, made in Russia, was launched from Kazakhstan on December 27, carrying the European Space Agencyâ€™s COROT space observatory into orbit. Flying high above the Earthâ€™s atmosphere, the Convection Rotation and planetary Transits (COROT) satellite will look for smaller, rocky extrasolar planets beyond our solar system.
Watch the cool video of the rocket re-entry here.