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South Africa 'UFO' Mystery Solved
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Published: 8:21 AM 10/2/2013

The retired astronomer who solved the latest 'UFO sighting' mystery says he hopes it will encourage more people to take an interest in space.

On Sunday, people across South Africa reported seeing a fuzzy halo floating in the sky which ignited imaginations and debate on social media.

But former professional astronomer Greg Roberts explained that a commercial rocket had created the visual effect. The rocket is a Falcon 9 that was launched by private space firm SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk.

It's not the first time that flying objects have caused a stir, with a "spiral" over Norway and Sweden in 2009 caused by a Russian missile.

In 2010, a mysterious contrail off the California coast also caused a scare, but it turned out to be from an aircraft.

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