What is it like a doughnut flying saucer? A Swedish guy just tweeted a photo of a “doughnut UFO” flying above the country, and the internet is at a loss for words. It might be either a rocket or a star. There is currently no known explanation for the doughnut-shaped flying object over Switzerland.
On Nov. 8, SpaceX Endeavour smashed through the atmosphere on its way to the International Space Station to retrieve four astronauts. The rocket’s return arced across the sky, leaving a trail of debris above the Gulf Coast.
Meanwhile, someone captured a photo of a glowing orb above Sweden, which they mistook for the Endeavour. A Twitter user using by the handle @Eavix1Eavix posted the photo to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, inquiring whether the “doughnut ufo” was his.
“@elonmusk hopefully was the SpaceX Dragon capsule and not a doughnut ufo invasion,” he said in a now-deleted tweet.
What exactly is it? Nobody knows for certain, but it is not the Endeavour. According to Marco Langbroek, a researcher at Leiden University in the Netherlands, it would be “nearly impossible” for individuals in Sweden to have observed the SpaceX ship. When the Endeavour capsule splashed down a little after 10:30 p.m. EDT that night, it landed half a world away in the Gulf of Mexico — more than 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) from Zurich.
“Any passes [of Endeavour] over Switzerland prior to landing that night would have been completely in Earth’s shadow, i.e. it would not be illuminated by the sun and hence not visible,” he said to the publication.
While viewers in Louisiana, Alabama, and other Gulf states got clear views of the capsule’s return, Marco Langbroek, an amateur satellite tracker and researcher at Leiden University in the Netherlands, doubts anybody in Switzerland could have seen it.
“Any passes [of Endeavour] over Switzerland prior to landing that night would have been completely in Earth’s shadow, i.e. it would not be illuminated by the sun and hence not visible,” Langbroek affirmed. “Reentry itself was over Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico, and would not have been visible from Switzerland. The deorbit burn, prior to reentry, was over the Indian Ocean, so also not visible from Switzerland.”
What was the doughnut UFO if not a SpaceX craft? Langbroek speculates that the unexplained flying object above Switzerland may have been a distorted picture of a faraway star.
According to Langbroek, the donut UFO on the Swiss pictures is a star out of focus. “It quite looks like it.”
Other photographs taken that night appear to show a zig-zagging trail of light behind the object, indicating it was moving.
According to Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Massachusetts, the doughnut UFO may have been an upper stage of a rocket re-entering the atmosphere and burning up.
Former U.S. Air Force Captain Robert Salas once said he and several others had experienced UFOs, but the government covered it up; he claimed government officials told them not to speak of the incidents publicly. Salas speculates that aliens wanted to send humankind messages.