Location of Sighting: About 20 Miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee
Date of Sighting: January 31, 2022
Time of Sighting: 6:55 PM CST
Description: I was flying to the southwest at 20 miles Northwest of Memphis, TN at 00:55Z (18:55 Local) on Jan 31, 2022. We flying from New York to Dallas-Ft Worth. I saw a glowing blue object within a donut formation. The object was estimated at 41,000 feet. The object was at an 11 o’clock position and I estimate was at a distance of 15 to 20 miles. The object was moving about and I don’t attribute this to autokinesis. The center object vanished and the donut formation dissipated a minute later. I was flying at 38,000 feet at a ground speed of 445 knots. Skies were clear and visibility was unlimited at flight level. There was a scattered cloud layer below us at about 10,000. I saw the object for about 5 minutes. The first officer also saw it.
Note: The pilot later identified his own sighting. He found some photos of the second stage rocket booster of the Falcon 9 rocket and said that this looked just like what he saw. A Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral by Space X at 6:11 PM EST on Jan 31, 2022. An Italian Radar Satellite was placed in polar orbit. The 2nd stage of the rocket was what the pilot observed.Note to Commenters: If you are reporting a sighting, be sure to include the location (city, state, country), date and time of your sighting. Be detailed in your description. You may also use our report form to report your sighting. Comments will only be published if they are in "good taste" and not inflammatory. Also the name that you list in the comment will be posted. Use abbreviations or aliases if you don't want your name listed.