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SpaceX Starlink satellite erupts in flames in video footage captured in wake of geomagnetic storm

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The scene was captured on 7 February 2022.
  • A new video shows a SpaceX Starlink satellite burn up in the Earth's atmosphere. 
  • It occurred after a geomagnetic storm wiped out 40 Starlink recently launched satellites.
  • The footage was posted to YouTube by astronomy group Sociedad de Astronomia del Caribe.
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A recent video showed a satellite owned by SpaceX's Starlink burn up in the Earth's atmosphere. 

Astronomy group Sociedad de Astronomía del Caribe posted the video to YouTube. In it, flaming debris can be seen flying through the air.

The incident was captured on Monday. 

As the video progresses, fireworks emerge, which were believed to either be pieces of the same satellite or a different one that had broken apart, Mashable reported. 

The event came after a recently launched batch of Starlink satellites were wiped out by a geomagnetic storm. SpaceX said it lost up to 40 satellites out of the 49 that were deployed into low Earth orbit via a Falcon 9 rocket. 

A geomagnetic storm occurs when there are disturbances between Earth's magnetic field and charged particles from the sun, known as solar wind, per the Space Weather Prediction Center.

Due to the speed and intensity of the storm, the "atmospheric drag" ascended to levels up to 50% higher than previous launches, SpaceX said in a statement. That made it harder for satellites to reach their orbital position.

According to SpaceX, no satellite parts will hit Earth.

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