It was a night when many thought the great question on alien life had finally been answered. Big glowing ball with four extending tails whizzed about the sky over the Russian Urals.
It was actually a Meridian military communications satellite being blasted off into orbit. It’s the fourth of its type launched by Russia to replace the ageing Molniya system. The country has more than 100 satellites hurtling around the earth.
The eye-catching blue streaks were thought to be caused by moonlight shining through particles emitted by the rocket.