Eerie spiral light show in the pre-dawn sky over Australia on Saturday prompted a flood of UFO reports. The phenomenon was likely the privately launched Falcon 9 rocket, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral Friday.
An eerie spiral light show in the pre-dawn sky over Australia early Saturday prompted a flood of UFO reports to local news stations, but was likely just the remnants of a new private rocket launched by an American millionaire, according to Australian media reports.
The spiral appeared before sunrise on Saturday over New South Wales, Queensland and the Australia Capital Territory (ACT), with witnesses describing it as a "lollipop-type swirl," the Australia Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) reported.
"It had a distinct bright centre, much like a bright star, indicating an object shedding light trails, spiraling and fattening out from it," ABC quoted one witness, James Butcher of Canberra, as saying. "The effect lasted only two or three minutes, moving and descending quickly out of view."
Butcher said the spiral light appeared to have a yellow hue.
Another witness described the sky apparition as a "huge revolving moon," according to ABC.