Update: Last night’s ‘meteor shower’ was actually rocket debris


The previously thought meteorite has been identified by Dubai Astronomy Group as ‘space junk’

Last night, several space-savvy Dubai residents took to social media to share pictures and videos of unusual activity in the sky.

And no, its wasn’t a UFO, nor was it a meteorite as initially thought by officials. 

The Dubai Astronomy group has this afternoon confirmed that the flaming fireball was in fact falling debris of the Progress space module, also known as the SL-4 R/B (42972U), a Russian cargo spacecraft (that was unmanned).

“The space craft disintegrated in the upper atmosphere and broke up into smaller chunks and burned like fireworks,” the group said in a statement.

They added that any pieces that survived would have landed in Indian Ocean.

Here are some of the snaps and videos you shared:

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