SpaceX Says Strange Lights, Explosion in Colorado Sky Last Night Were Related to Their Equipment

By Shawn Patrick on April 27, 2023
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Between the Northern Lights and this strange event last night, I feel like I am missing all the cool space stuff by not being up at 3 in the morning!

Many people spotted a “fireball” darting across the Colorado sky shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday, and others reported “loud bomb sounds” as well.

SpaceX confirmed the objects were tied to some of their equipment saying, “Overnight, the 18th Space Defense Squadron confirmed re-entry of SpaceX’s Crew-5 Dragon trunk occurred on Thursday, April 27,” part of a statement from SpaceX Media Relations reads. “This hardware was nominally jettisoned from the Dragon spacecraft during the return of Crew-5 astronauts from the International Space Station on March 11, 2023. NASA and SpaceX are committed to safe commercial crew operations and are working closely to improve orbital hardware demise modeling.”

SpaceX added that if you believe you came across the debris you shouldn’t touch it, and contact the SpaceX Debris Hotline at 1-866-623-0234 or email

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