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Strange Light Rockets Across Northern Australia, Baffling Onlookers

A strange bright light zoomed across the skies of Queensland on Monday night, confusing and dazzling onlookers.

The small light was spotted by plenty of people as it zipped across the night sky around 7.30 pm on Monday evening, with many capturing the moment on phone cameras. It was visible in QLD and  the Northern Territory.

The light captured by Shauna Royes, Julia Creek Caravan Park. Source: ABC North West Queensland.

The light was low in the sky in the north-west and travelling north-east.

The light led to speculation that the source was an alien spacecraft or UFO among onlookers.

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Professor Jonti Horner, an astrophysicist from the University of Southern Queensland told ABC News that the light was likely a rocket.

Earlier on Monday, India launched its second mission to the moon known as Chandrayaan-2 so Horner speculated that it was probably the rocket engaging its engine on the move towards the Moon.

The mission was launched at 2:43 pm local time from the Sriharikota Space Station and it will stay in the Earth's orbit for a total of 23 days before it begins a second leg towards lunar orbit.

India are hoping to become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the surface of the moon after the U.S., the former Soviet Union, and China.