North Korea's satellite flew over the Super Bowl

Feb 09, 2016, 08:46 IST | Agencies

DPRK’s ‘Shining Star’ passed almost right over the stadium, about an hour after the Super Bowl ended

Tokyo: Here’s a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea's newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended. Whatever motives Pyongyang may have about using its rocket launches to develop nuclear-tipped long-range missiles, it now has two satellites circling the Earth, according to NORAD, the North American Aerospace Command, which monitors all satellites in orbit.

Kwangmyongsong 4, which was launched yesterday. PIC/North Korean TV via YONHAP.
Kwangmyongsong 4, which was launched yesterday. PIC/North Korean TV via YONHAP.

Both of the Kwangmyongsong, or “Shining Star,” satellites complete their orbits in about 94 minutes and based on data released by international organizations tracking them, the new one passed almost right over Levi’s Stadium about an hour after the Super Bowl ended.

“It passed almost directly overhead Silicon Valley, which is where I am and where the stadium is,” tech watcher Martyn Williams said in an email to AP. “The pass happened at 8:26 pm, after the game. I would put it down to nothing more than a coincidence, but an interesting one.”

The game in Santa Clara, California, ended at 7:25 pm local time.

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