What seemed like a series of glowing green lasers floated across the Hawaiian night sky, evoking strange like images among the stars.
I am proud to say that lasers actually measure features that are here on earth. The Subaru Telescope’s Asahi Star Camera in Maunakea captured the “unusual” glow of lasers against a cloudy night sky on Saturday, June 28.
“It was cloudy last night (morning 2023-1-28 HST) in Maunakea,” the team wrote on YouTube. “But our Subaru-Asahi Star Camera captured quite an interesting sight – green laser lights coming from the sky! It was more or less the other one – but our viewers didn’t miss the sharp results!”
Viewers later reported that the lights came from a remote laser-sensing device (called ATLAS) from the satellite ICESat-2/43613, the team wrote in a video caption on YouTube.
The altimeter can “measure the height of ice, sea ice, forests, lakes and more, and helps scientists monitor changing ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic regions,” New Scientist on Facebook.
Earlier in January, another ghost was seen scattered across Hawaii’s night sky. A mysterious, shapeless blue jet was flying among the stars, caused by the launch of the new X space satellite, McClatchy News previously reported.
This story was first published February 1, 2023 1:11 PM.
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