Charnchai Jardpimai spotted something hurtling across the sky while he was filming himself with a selfie stick on Saturday. He spun around to view what he thought was a meteor streaking through the sky above Phitsanulok province in Thailand.
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand said that the object was most likely debris from a Russian rocket launch in early December, not a meteor falling to Earth. Parts of the rocket were predicted to land on the same day Jardpimai captured his video.
Space trash entering Earth’s atmosphere has become more and more common as the amount orbiting the planet continues to grow. NASA tracks the motion of space garbage around Earth, and
while most debris burns up in the atmosphere before ever hitting the ground, rare pieces of rockets and old satellites make their way through the atmosphere.