A Chinese satellite appears to be the culprit behind last week’s mysterious green lights pulsing in the night sky over Hawaii.
Astronomers have revealed that a Chinese satellite fired the green laser beams over the American state.
The blasts of laser was initially thought to come from Nasa’s ICESat-2, an orbiting satellite tasked with measuring elevation.
The green lights were first picked up by scientists at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) on the Subaru-Asahi Star Camera located on the Subaru telescope.
Later, the NAOJ made a correction note, revealing that the ‘most likely candidate’ for the laser beams was China.
Nasa scientists ‘did a simulation of the trajectory of satellites that have a similar instrument and found a most likely candidate as the ACDL instrument by the Chinese Daqi-1/AEMS satellite,’ the agency stated.
University of Hawaii Institute of Astronomy’s Roy Gal told local media that the satellite was likely measuring environmental pollutants but US security experts aren’t convinced.
The incident follows the Chinese spy balloon and other unidentified objects shot down over the US in recent days.
But China has firmly denied that the balloon was used for spying, instead stating that it was a weather research ‘airship’ that had blown off course.
This weekend, three other mysterious flying objects were spotted in US and Canadian airspace and were shot down over Alaska, Canada and Lake Huron in Michigan.
The cases have increased diplomatic tensions between the United States and China.
On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters that the US has sent high-altitude balloons into its airspace over 10 times last year.
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