Light, which looks like a UFO, runs through Queensland, Northern Territory and NSW.

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A mysterious light strike has been captured that spreads across the Australian night sky – a speculation in which the bright object was a UFO.

People in Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory saw the light on Monday evening, and many speculated that it was a meteorite.

There were many discussions about what light actually was, but an astrophysics professor confirmed that it came from an Indian spacecraft that made its journey to the moon.

Dozens of people from Queensland saw the light strike and posted a series of pictures and videos online within hours of the first sight.

The footage showed the light that was roaming the sky for a few minutes before finally fading out.

Thought it was a rescue helicopter flying in smoke,” suggested one person.

Actually in the hope that they were aliens,” said another.

I guess it’s a space rocket leaving the atmosphere,” a man wrote on Facebook.

Some believed it was a UFO, a meteor or a helicopter – but Johnathon Horner, an astrophysics professor at the University of Southern Queensland, confirmed it was something completely different.

The story is that this was the new Indian mission to the moon – their second moon mission, called Chandrayaan-2,” Horner told Daily Mail Australia.

It started yesterday evening at 7:13pm, Queensland time – and after 17 minutes, at 7:30pm our time, it launched a rocket fire to take it to a higher orbit.

That’s what people in East Australia saw – a spaceship launched from India and set off on a six-week journey to the moon.

Mr Horner said that more technology has meant that more countries are going on space voyages, and this will not be the last time that people see something mysterious in the sky.

In the coming years, as more countries enter the space business and more commercial space exploration takes place, we will probably see more of these events,” he said.

The Chandrayaaan 2 voyage is scheduled to land on the moon on September 7.

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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