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Watch: Russian Cosmonaut Causes Stir with Video of 'Space Guests'

By Tim Binnall

A Russian cosmonaut aboard the International Space Station caused something of a stir when he recorded footage of a series of strange objects which he dubbed 'space guests.' The curious clip was reportedly filmed by Ivan Vagner, who was filming aurora borealis over the Atlantic Ocean between Australia and Antarctica when he noticed something peculiar. Posting the time-lapse footage to social media, he noted that there were five objects that suddenly appeared alongside the natural light phenomenon.

Calling the odd objects "space guests," he asked his followers on Twitter "what do you think those are? Meteors, satellites, or…?" The 'unspoken' object being, of course, aliens. Suggesting that authorities in his home country were taking the sighting seriously, Vagner went on to reveal that "information was brought to the notice of Roscosmos management, the materials were sent to TsNIIMash and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences for further analysis."

As one might imagine, some UFO enthusiasts wondered if perhaps the cosmonaut had inadvertently captured footage of an alien craft. This speculation was fueled by a subsequent tweet from the Russian space agency in which they noted Vagner's post and called it an "interesting and at the same time mysterious video." However, upon further investigation, it would appear that the 'visitors' were most likely not of the extraterrestrial variety and, instead, were probably a group of SpaceX's Starlink satellites which had been launched the day before the cosmonaut's sighting.

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