Footage of a mysterious 'green meteor', which has been circulating online, has now been debunked by NASA.
Many people who viewed the video, which was shared to YouTube, spotted the green light moving across the sky above Japan on September 16, 2022.
In the video, which was captured by Daichi Fujii of the Hiratsuka City Museum, a vibrant line was seen streaking across the cloudy sky, which was something never seen before by the museum curator's motion-detecting cameras.
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These cameras were reportedly set up near Japan’s Mount Fuji to capture meteors, allowing him to calculate their position, brightness, and orbit
For months, it was a mystery as to what the light was – with many people believing they had caught sight of a bizarre meteor.
However, NASA has now put an end to the theories as they confirmed the light was actually a never-before-captured clip of one of their lasers.
Daichi Fujii got the organisation's attention after she reportedly noticed that the beams were synchronised with a tiny green dot that was briefly visible between the clouds.
He guessed it was a satellite and investigated it in comparison to orbital data, enabling him to match it to NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite 2, or ICESat-2, had flown overhead that night.
Tony Martino, ICESat-2 instrument scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland has confirmed that his findings were correct as he claims it is the first time these lasers have been caught on camera.
A statement published on the NASA website says: "ICESat-2 appeared to be almost directly overhead of him, with the beam hitting the low clouds at an angle.
"To see the laser, you have to be in the exact right place, at the right time, and you have to have the right conditions.”
ICESat-2 was launched in September 2018 and uses a laser to measure the height of Earth's ice, water, and land surfaces from space.
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