A strange, oddly-shaped light, spotted in the early hours of Monday morning, has got heads scratching across the state.
Several Advertiser.com.au readers have reported seeing the UFO around 1.30am from across the city and as far afield as Karkoo on the Eyre Peninsula.
Reader Dylan Hooper saw the object while driving home from Ceduna.
“It was seriously bright,” Mr Hooper said.
“Originally thought it was the moon behind a cloud.
“It didn’t do anything special, just faded after five minutes.”
Writing on The Advertiser Facebook page, Rob Sanchez wrote “Saw it! Bright white light with small object moving away from it. Then disappeared.”
Some readers cheekily suggested the light might have been Santa Claus on a test run for the biggest day on his calendar.
But others suggested a more plausible – although as yet unconfirmed – theory.
That is, that the light was associated with the successful launch of a US military satellite by Elon Musk’s SpaceX in Florida overnight.
Paul Curnow, astronomy lecturer from the UniSA’s Planetarium at Mawson Lakes said he was still investigating the mysterious observation.
But judging by photos shown to him by Advertiser.com.au, said a rocket might explain it.
“From your photo that looks very much like a rocket launch, with the rocket at high altitude,” Mr Curnow said.
A spokesman from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) had no official explanation from this morning’s sighting but said it appeared to be in space and not an aircraft.
The last time South Australians were this baffled was just over a year ago, when a brilliant light, seen across the state, turned night into day.
While we’ve never officially gotten to the bottom of that particular spectacle, experts from Curtin University in Perth said they were pretty sure it was a fireball.
— Giuseppe (@pangallo_)