Skip to content
The SpaceX rocket caused a night spiral in Hawaii

Over Hawaii, a decaying SpaceX rocket stage has created a unique “night spiral”.

The Subaru Telescope recorded video of the “flying whirlwind” over Mauna Kea on Sunday, hours after a California-based Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office into orbit, according to SpaceWeather .com.

Spacecraft activities and cargo are classified.

the pictures was originally captured by the Subaru-Asahi Sky Camera, which is a collaborative project between Subaru and Asahi-Shimbun, a major Japanese newspaper.

According to SpaceX images, the first stage of the Falcon 9 booster is reusable and it successfully landed on a drone in the Pacific Ocean.

The Falcon 9 upper stage is not reusable, and after delivering the spacecraft to its allocated orbit, it burned up naturally in the atmosphere.

According to CNN, the number of active satellites has grown from around 1,000 in 2017 to more than 5,000 today.

In December 2021, a report published in The Astronomical Journal predicted that one in 15 points of light in the night sky will be a moving satellite in less than a decade, painting a dire picture for the future of satellite pollution. .

SpaceX is responsible for almost a third of all operational satellites in orbit, more than any other company or country, including the US government.

SpaceX has already launched more than 2,000 satellites and plans to launch at least 42,000 more as part of its Starlink mega-constellation. Amazon’s Project Kuiper and London-based OneWeb are two more distant competitors.