Don’t be tricked by the appearance of the object, it’s not a comet or meteor of any kind.

In 2007, a mystery over Australia occured. Widely seen, the object began as a small point and expanded as it tracked toward the North (left), resulting in a comet-like appearance in this picture. 

Reports later identifyied it as an explosion of a malfunctioned Russian rocket stage partially filled with fuel. The rocket stage was marooned in Earth orbit after a failed communication satellite launch in 2006.

This is the first time a man made explosion in space has been caught on camera, thanks to photographer Ray Palmer.

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