NASA has said that the light observed in the sky close to the International Space Station last week was not a UFO.
The claim came as NASA Headquarters spokeswoman Cheryl Warner responded to a query regarding a video that shows a light approaching the Earth.
As reported by AL.com, the video feed captured on July 9 ended abruptly as the object entered the atmosphere of the Earth.
“Reflections from station windows, the spacecraft structure itself or lights from Earth commonly appear as artifacts in photos and videos from the orbiting laboratory,” Warner said.
Voice of America reports YouTube user Streetcap1 posted a segment of the video which shows light appearing to enter the Earth’s atmosphere. The video, which runs for a minute and 40 seconds, experiences technical problems and comes to an end as the object comes close to the Earth.
“This could well be a meteor or the like,” the YouTube user wrote. “What made it interesting was the camera cut off when the UFO seemed to stop.” The video has received as many as 2.7 million views and been shared widely on Twitter and Facebook.
Regarding the video, Warner emphasized the station often goes out of range of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellites used to send and receive video, voice and telemetry from the station. Spokesman Daniel Huot said the object noticed in the video could be the moon, space debris, or just reflections from the station windows.
It is not the first time the space agency abruptly ended a video stream after the appearance of an unexpected object, as reported by Morning News USA. A horse shoe-shaped object which appeared in a November video feed caused the footage to be cut short.
“For video, whenever we lose signal (video comes down on our higher bandwidth, called KU) the cameras will show a blue screen (indicating no signal) or a preset video slate, depending on where you are watching the feed,” Warner said.