Lights in the Sky – level 3

05-04-2021 07:00

A streak of light in the night sky over much of the Portland area of Oregon, US, spurred speculation among people. However, the mysterious bright lights weren´t planes or meteors, but they turned out to be debris from a SpaceX rocket.

The rocket was launched in Florida on March 4, and it was one of four SpaceX rockets launched in the last month. However, the rocket failed to perform a deorbit, and it reentered the Earth´s atmosphere at the wrong angle, causing it to burn up and scatter debris across the sky. Weather service officials said that they hadn´t heard of any impacts across the region, and they weren´t sure if some debris fell to the ground.

SpaceX launches happen regularly in California, Texas, and Florida, and for some Americans, it is a common thing to see unidentified rockets, or their debris, whizzing overhead; however, in the Seattle and Portland areas, the spectacle caused delight and bewilderment.

Difficult words: spur (to create, to inspire), deorbit (the process of going out of Earth´s orbit), whiz to move quickly through the air), bewilderment (a feeling of being confused).

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