- A “doughnut” UFO was photographed over Zurich, Switzerland right around the same time SpaceX’s Endeavour capsule returned to Earth last week.
- One report claimed that “doughnut” UFO was just the capsule returning from the International Space Station, but that, it turns out, was impossible.
- More UFO news here.
A photograph taken on November 8 of a “doughnut” UFO has people puzzled. The glowing blue and white object was initially thought by many to be the SpaceX Endeavour capsule which was returning from the International Space Station, completing its 200 day mission.
The Daily Mail even included it in a roundup of photos of the craft’s return home as it flew over Louisiana and Alabama.
Just one problem though. This is what it actually looked like when viewed in those states…
— julie (@DoxieNOLA) November 9, 2021
As seen from Venice, LA at the end of the Mississippi River. pic.twitter.com/UsoY5uOJ3X
— Daryl Sausse` (@SausseImages) November 9, 2021
Below is the image that was captured by a photographer in Zurich, Switzerland on the same night…
— SPACE.com (@SPACEdotcom) November 15, 2021
Those are not the same thing.
In fact, according to Live Science, “When the Endeavour capsule splashed down a little after 10:30 p.m. EDT that night, it landed half a world away in the Gulf of Mexico — more than 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) from Zurich.”
While spectators in Louisiana, Alabama and several other Gulf states saw clear views of the capsule streaming across the sky, it is almost impossible that anyone in Switzerland would have been able to see the craft’s reentry, Marco Langbroek, an amateur satellite tracker and academic researcher at Leiden University in the Netherlands, told Live Science in an email.
“Any passes [of Endeavour] over Switzerland prior to landing that night would have been completely in Earth’s shadow, i.e. it would not be illuminated by the sun and hence not visible,” said Langbroek. “Reentry itself was over Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico, and would not have been visible from Switzerland. The deorbit burn, prior to reentry, was over the Indian Ocean, so also not visible from Switzerland.”
Langbroek’s best guess is that this “doughnut” UFO was really just “an out-of-focus image of a bright star.”
Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Massachusetts, speculated that the UFO was the upper stage of a rocket reentering the atmosphere and burning up, but wasn’t in any way certain.
One thing is certain though.