West Seattle Blog… | UPDATE: Sky sight seen from West Seattle, explained – rocket re-entry

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West Seattle Blog… | UPDATE: Sky sight seen from West Seattle, explained – rocket re-entry

Did anyone else notice this tonight? @westseattleblog @NWSSeattle Seen from Genesee Hill in West Seattle at 9pm or so. pic.twitter.com/uBvDzgvbqy

– Chris (@bensoncSEA) March 26, 2021

9:19 pm: Did you see that too? Chris tweeted the video and we received several messages from people who saw these lights in the sky looking south around 9 p.m. We’re investigating …

(Added – video by Matt Bridge)

9:26 pm: Thanks to a caller who mentioned this – here is the explanation about the astronomer Jonathan McDowell on Twitter: “The second stage of Falcon 9 after the Starlink launch on March 4th failed to burn any deorbit and is now re-entering after 22 days in orbit. Its reentry was observed from the Seattle area at around 04:00 UTC on March 26th. “Here’s more about the Falcon 9. (added) And here’s more about Starlink.

(Added – text photo)

10:03 pm: More pictures we received from readers have been added (thanks!).

(Video by Rudy Willingham)

Here’s the coverage of the March 4th launch that this one came from.

(Video by Jessica Tulloch)
FRIDAY MORNING ADDED: In case you also asked yourself:

It looks like the burn started about 140 km above us. (Data from https://t.co/SBWuRQA2Xl and https://t.co/8bWHxBSSQz.)
For reference, the cruising altitude for commercial aircraft is ~ 5 miles. The International Space Station is ~ 250 miles high. @ WestSeaWx

– Alice’s AstroInfo (@AlicesAstroInfo) March 26, 2021