The ‘strange spiral in the sky’ over the Pacific definitely isn’t a UFO

Sightings of a 'strange spiral in the skies' over the Pacific

A strange-looking spiral that appeared in the night sky over the Pacific Ocean has got some people wondering if aliens have visited.

But rather than evidence of E.T., the weird shape has a much more mundane explanation.

It’s actually the second stage of a Chinese Long March 2C rocket, which took off on June 18 to deliver a payload of 4 satellites into orbit.

Once past the first stage liftoff, rockets will expel their fuel to prevent it exploding in orbit due to residual pressure in the tanks.

In this case, it formed a spiral pattern in the night sky.

Chinese Long March 2C rocket that just launched
The spiral was caused by a Chinese Long March 2C rocket (CASC)

The spiral was spotted in the skies of New Caledonia and Vanuatu in the southwest Pacific at around 6pm on June 18. Many witnesses took photos and uploaded them to social media, wondering what was going on.

In a since-updated Facebook post about the report, the Association Calédonienne d’Astronomie (ACA) said:

‘Several witnesses in Yaté, Thio, La Tontouta and in Vanuatu saw this strange phenomenon.

‘We have no explanation, but we are far from being specialists in this kind of phenomenon. Based on our initial research, the only similar but even more dramatic phenomenon is the Norway Spiral in 2009.’

Kristel Tingzon dtgSpJuneuS 1igo8 aomnts gl4fcedd:5mon9 AMrsedr ? Woweeezers! What is this strange spiral seen all over Vanuatu skies tonight? Seen in Port Vila, all the way up in Santo, and in Tanna as well! Also seen by our neighboring countries New Caledonia and Fiji. It was spiraling for minutes before it disappeared. #spiral #vortex #sky #vanuatu
An image of the spiral in the sky taken from Port Vila, Vanuatu (Kristel Tingzon/Facebook)

The ‘Norway Spiral’ in question was also the result of a missile launch – this one from the Russians that went wrong and ended up spiraling around in the sky.

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