Rare sight of NASA rocket captured by photographer near Dereham

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A rare glimpse of a NASA rocket was perfectly captured by a Shipdham-based astronomy photographer. - Credit: Murray Photography

A rare glimpse of a NASA rocket was perfectly captured by a Norfolk-based astronomy photographer. 

It was a sight which left many baffled on the evening of Monday, September 27, and as Richard Murray was out on his night-time photoshoot, he definitely got more than he bargained for. 

A rare glimpse of a NASA rocket was perfectly captured by a Shipdham-based astronomy photographer. 

A rare glimpse of a NASA rocket was perfectly captured by a Shipdham-based astronomy photographer. - Credit: Murray Photography

Despite whispers that a UFO had been spotted above Norfolk, it was revealed the bright light seen hurtling towards earth was actually a NASA rocket which had transported a satellite into orbit.  

Mr Murray, a student paramedic from Shipdham, said: “I’m new to astrophotography - I only began doing it for a couple of months. 

“I was out on a shoot; trying to get photos of the milky-way and I had started packing away. 

A rare glimpse of a NASA rocket was perfectly captured by a Shipdham-based astronomy photographer. 

A rare glimpse of a NASA rocket was perfectly captured by a Shipdham-based astronomy photographer. - Credit: Murray Photography

“But then I saw it. I was torn between staring or quickly getting my camera back out. So, it was a rush job but I was proper chuffed that I caught it.” 

The Landsat-9 was transported on an Atlas rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base, in California, at around 7.12pm British time on Monday, September 27. 

A rare glimpse of a NASA rocket was perfectly captured by a Shipdham-based astronomy photographer. 

A rare glimpse of a NASA rocket was perfectly captured by a Shipdham-based astronomy photographer. - Credit: Murray Photography