The spectacular illumination seen over a rural Canadian area late Friday had more likely to do with a rocket booster re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere after it took the spacecraft to the International Space Station, as reported by CBC.
A day later, The American Meteor Society officially reported 11 sightings and the videos of the intriguing illumination promptly sparked speculation over whether it was a helicopter, or alternatively a comet or, even aliens.
Thanks @Dunlap_Obs —folks did indeed witness the reentry of @OrbitalATK's #Antares rocket booster NORAD ID 2017-071B over #Saskatchewan this AM- timing+location matches Space-Track prediction. @CBCCanada article: https://t.co/HuubCyjBve @amsmeteors page: https://t.co/rCQBcf031O pic.twitter.com/LPUdMtJGGH— Dubious Dave (@Astroguyz) 25 ноября 2017 г.
On Friday night, western Canada witnessed a slowly moving streak of fire, illuminating the sky over Saskatchewan and Alberta, which made residents feel both surprised and scared. Residents said the "fireball" was visible for around 20 seconds.
The video, made at almost midnight local time in the George Gordon First Nation area in Saskatchewan, now boasts a staggering 35,000 viewings.