‘Hitler’s Alligator’ Dies In Moscow Zoo At The Age Of 84

An alligator that survived a bombing raid on Berlin during World War II and was rumored to have once belonged to Nazi tyrant Adolf Hitler died at the Moscow Zoo on Friday. He was 84. 

The zoo said in an online statement that the alligator, Saturn, was a picky eater who loved getting massaged with a brush. Saturn was given the “the utmost care and attention,” the zoo said.

When Saturn was born in the United States in 1936, he was gifted to the Berlin Zoo “almost immediately,” the statement said.

The Berlin Zoo was hit during several bombing raids in World War II, and in 1943 the facility was destroyed by one, killing many of the animals and releasing the others. It’s unclear where Saturn was for the next three years.

In 1946, Saturn was gifted by British forces in Berlin to the Soviets, who delivered the gator to the Moscow Zoo.

“Almost immediately, the myth was born that he was allegedly in the collection of Hitler, and not in the Berlin Zoo,” the zoo said in its news release.

A 2019 file photo of Saturn swimming at the Moscow Zoo. 


A 2019 file photo of Saturn swimming at the Moscow Zoo. 

No direct connection between Saturn and Hitler has ever been substantiated.

Even if the alligator had belonged to Hitler, the zoo said, “animals are not involved in war and politics. It is absurd to blame them for human sins.”

The oldest alligator in captivity is another WWII survivor, Muja, gifted to the Belgrade Zoo in Serbia in 1936, according to the Guinness World Records. Muja was already an adult at the time and is believed to be in his 90s. 

Alligators in the wild typically live up to the age of 50.

The 10 best kids’ movies on Netflix right now

School’s out for the summer, and Netflix is here to help. With preventative measures against coronavirus still in place around the world, the pressure is on to keep kids occupied at home without theme parks, vacations, or summer camps. 

The streaming platform offers a robust rotating selection of kid-friendly content, so we picked our favorites for you to try out, rediscover, and probably rewatch endlessly if they’re a hit.

Here are the 10 best kids’ movies currently available on Netflix.

Also known as the movie that gave us minions, Despicable Me is the story of Gru (Steve Carell), a grumpy super villain who adopts three little girls that inevitably thaw his cold, dead heart. Come for the minions, stay for the unexpectedly heartwarming arc of what could have been an irredeemable baddie.

How to watch: Despicable Me is now streaming on Netflix

Though undeniably loaded with dense moral lessons about greed and selfishness, Mel Stuart’s take on the beloved Roald Dahl novel is a treat for kids because of Wonka’s magical world. Gene Wilder’s chocolate mogul remains a sinister enigma in a purple top hat, but even his silent judgment can’t diminish the wonder of a chocolate river, fizzy lifting drinks, and golden geese. And yes, nothing shines like a good deed in a weary world.

How to watch: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is now streaming on Netflix.

We tried to keep this list mostly free of sequels and titles that will inevitably leave Netflix for Disney+, but Incredibles 2 gets to be the exception on both counts because quite frankly it’s just too good. Released nearly 15 years after The Incredibles and a decade into Marvel’s superhero reign, Incredibles 2 is a visual masterpiece unencumbered by pesky live-action roadblocks like realism and “actors.” It’s a strong case for animation as the superhero genre’s natural home, and pairs great with…

How to watch: Incredibles 2 is now streaming on Netflix.

Sony’s standalone Spider-Man animation bonanza was better than it had any right to be, and was quickly hailed as one of the best superhero movies ever made. Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) finds himself unexpectedly tasked with being Spider-Man and protecting New York City, a job more than slightly complicated by a rift in the space-time continuum that sees him visited by Spider-heroes from other worlds (including the voice talents of Jake Johnson, Lily Tomlin, John Mulaney, and more). 

Not only does the movie tell a tight and enjoyable story, but it does so with dazzling effects that simultaneously elevate the story, the genre(s), and cinema at large. That’s a lot to accomplish for a kid in a mask, but that’s the stuff heroes are made of. 

How to watch: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is now streaming on Netflix.

Richard “Richie” Rich Jr. might be the wealthiest kid in the world, but like any inordinately rich person finds his life empty in other, critical areas. When Richie’s parents are allegedly killed in a plane crash, it’s to the young heir to stop their company’s slimy C.F.O. from stealing the Rich family fortune — and he might just make some friends while he’s at it.

How to watch: Richie Rich is now streaming on Netflix.

The 10 best kids' movies on Netflix right now

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It might be a Christmas movie, but Netflix’s own original about a spoiled postman-in-training Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) who happens upon an old toymaker is a lovely and rewatchable film year-round. He becomes the go between for the toymaker, Klaus (J.K. Simmons) and the local children who write him letters hoping for toys. The story spins out to become the origin of Santa Claus and a humbling journey for Jesper.

How to watch: Klaus is now streaming on Netflix.

When Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp) gets cold feet about his arranged marriage, he runs into the woods and ends up on an adventure in the Land of the Dead, where Elena (Helena Bonham Carter) has anointed herself his beloved. Desperate to return to his own plane of existence and living fiancee who now seems lovely, Victor ends up lying to Elena, in poor favor with his own family and friends, and on the verge of joining the dead permanently because of his own jealous, deceit, disappointment, and confusion. It’s perfect for kids who are just old enough to spurn a G rating but not ready for some of Tim Burton’s gorier movie fare. 

How to watch: Corpse Bride is now streaming on Netflix.

The 2018 animated take on the grumpy green guy who tries to steal Christmas is hardly the first take on its story, but no other film adaptation has Benedict Cumberbatch as the growling voice behind the Grinch (no disrespect to Jim Carrey, whose live-action version is also available on the streamer). While he plots to steal Christmas from the local town of Whoville, the Grinch encounters a little girl who could thaw his cold heart for good.

How to watch: The Grinch is now streaming on Netflix.

9. Hugo (2011)

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Hugo Cabret (Sex Education‘s Asa Butterfield, but your kids don’t know that!) lives alone in a Paris train station, trying to understand mysteries left behind by his late father (Jude Law), including a robot that can write with a pen. Hugo befriends Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz) in a shared thirst for adventure which takes them through her godfather’s past and love for film — slowly but surely piecing together what connects them all to each other. Nothing like getting the youngins hooked on Martin Scorsese!

How to watch: Huge is now streaming on Netflix.

Mike Myers’ 2003 turn as the eponymous feline in headgear holds up surprisingly well for kids in 2020 (unfortunately for adults, there may be some triggers of 2019’s Cats). The chaotic cat visits Sally and Conrad Walden (Dakota Fanning and Spencer Breslin), making a massive mess in their house and eventually locking them up (the Cat is by no means a moral compass). Parents will feel seen in Myer’s winking delivery and kids won’t quickly tire of the Cat’s endless hijinx.

How to watch: The Cat in the Hat is now streaming on Netflix.

Need even more streaming recommendations? Mashable Streaming Guides can help. 

Hacked NES Power Glove is a thing of horrifying, wriggly beauty

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Makeup tutorials, woodworking tutorials, baking tutorials — there are creators of every kind uploading lessons in their craft for the YouTube-watching masses. Still, it’s probably safe to assume this guy is the only YouTuber DIY-ing a robotic hand from an NES Power Glove to remotely play a modular synth. Probably.

On Sunday, musician-turned-inventor Sam Battle (aka Look Mum No Computer) released a 12-minute video showing off his revamped NES Power Glove and the musical feats it has achieved. 

A 1989 Nintendo creation that flopped big time, the Power Glove doesn’t seem like it would be good for much. But Battle has transformed his into a remarkably tactile triumph in electrical engineering, capable of manipulating volume, tone, and pitch all with the curl of a finger. 

Behold its wriggly beauty! (But probably don’t try this at home.)

7 addictive Korean dramas to binge right now

“Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films,” said Parasite director Bong Joon-ho when accepting the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. This isn’t just true of films, though. It also applies to highly bingeable K-dramas.

There’s a rich, wide world of captivating stories told in languages other than English, which many people are only just beginning to explore. South Korean dramas in particular have gained increasing global popularity over the past decade, even before Parasite threw Korean stories into the spotlight. 

Tropes in K-dramas are typically less familiar to Western audiences, which can make the stories feel more unpredictable and exciting. They’re also usually produced with a limited, set run of episodes rather than in endlessly renewable seasons. This means you’re more likely to get a complete, satisfying story, and less likely to be left hanging by a show being cancelled before your OTP moves beyond meaningful glances.

In no particular order, here are some of the best Korean dramas to kickstart — or continue — your education. Several are on Netflix while others are available for free on Viki, a streaming service dedicated to Asian shows and movies.

Extraordinary You

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Wealthy schoolgirl Eun Dan-oh’s world is turned upside down when she discovers she is a character in a romance comic book — and she does not care for the plot at all. Determined to define her own fate, Dan-oh recruits an unnamed background character to help change the story, discovering some unexpected truths about their world along the way. 

Extraordinary You‘s already intriguing premise is further buoyed by a charming cast, including Rowoon of K-pop group SF9, and has an adorable secondary couple who are just as captivating to watch as the main pair. It’s a ton of fun seeing the self-aware characters disparage romance cliches while still unapologetically reveling in them.

How to watch: Viki


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Leading a country is hard enough, but doing so during an epidemic is even more so — especially when the disease transforms your subjects into violent, raging cannibals. Set several centuries ago during the Joseon dynasty, Kingdom follows Crown Prince Lee Chang as he faces not only the zombie threat, but a political coup threatening to depose him from the throne.

Netflix’s first original Korean series, Kingdom offers an uncommon yet gripping mix of historical drama, political intrigue, and zombie horror. It’s also visually stunning to boot, a feast for the eyes as well as the infected. Unlike other Korean dramas, Kingdom has snagged a second season, with many fans hoping for more.

How to watch: Netflix

Goblin, aka Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

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Kim Shin is almost 1,000 years old, inflicted with an unwanted and lonely immortality. A Goryeo-era general who was betrayed by his king, the only way Shin can pass on is if a prophesied goblin’s bride removes the sword embedded in his chest. Enter Ji Eun-tak, a cheerful high school student with the supernatural ability to see ghosts.

There are quite a few laughs here as well, several stemming from Shin’s affectionately antagonistic friendship with his grim reaper roommate Wang Yeo. Many Korean drama aficionados consider Goblin a must-watch series, expertly blending fantasy, historical, and modern elements in a unique and captivating story.

How to watch: Viki

My Love from the Star

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Do Min-joon is an alien who missed his ride off-planet after landing on Earth during the Joseon dynasty, leaving him stranded amongst humans for 400 years. Integrating himself into society, the jaded Min-joon works as a college professor as he waits the last few months more before he can finally go home. So, of course, he meets Cheon Song-yi — a famous actress, his new next-door neighbour, and the spitting image of a girl he loved centuries ago.

If you mention My Love from the Star to any Korean drama fan, chances are they’ll know it. The series enjoyed massive success in both Korea and China upon its initial release in 2013, and is now considered a classic of the genre. It even got remade in both Thailand and the Philippines.

How to watch: Viki

SKY Castle

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SKY Castle is like if a richer, grimmer Desperate Housewives met the Asian fixation on academic excellence. Set in a wealthy area of Seoul, the darkly satirical drama follows a group of upper-class women fighting to secure their family’s success, largely defined by their children’s acceptance to top universities. And they don’t mind who they have to pay — or destroy — to get what they want.

This show is one of the most highly rated dramas in Korean cable television history. It’s no accident that viewers in both South Korea and China found its depiction of a highly competitive education system relatable, either. SKY is an acronym for South Korea’s three most prestigious universities — Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University — which have produced some of the country’s most influential people.

How to watch: Viki

Crash Landing On You

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Crash Landing On You follows South Korean heiress Yoon Se-ri, who mistakenly crosses the border into North Korea and crash lands in a paragliding accident. She’s then discovered by Ri Jeong-hyeok, an officer in the North Korean army. However, rather than turn her in, Jeong-hyeok decides to secretly help her return home — and falls in love during the process.

The concept for this hugely popular star-crossed romance admittedly sounds bizarre, particularly as the relationship between North and South Korea is a fairly serious subject. However, several defectors have praised the touching drama for its accuracy and attention to detail in depicting everyday North Korean life, and the series even had a defector on its writing team.

How to watch: Netflix


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If you’re more into crime than romance, Signal offers an intriguing twist to your standard police procedural. Set both in 2015 and 1989, cold case workers Park Hae-young and Cha Soo-hyun use a mysterious walkie talkie to communicate across time with detective Lee Jae-han to solve crimes in both times — and even prevent some from happening. However, they soon discover that messing with time is never without consequence. 

Signal garnered both audience and critical acclaim, particularly for its plot. The gritty series drew inspiration from actual crimes that took place in Korea, such as the Hwaseong serial murders and Miryang gang rape. Suffice to say it is not lighthearted popcorn fare, and much darker and more sombre in tone than many other K-dramas. 

How to watch: Netflix

There are a ton of other great Korean dramas to explore well. If you like ABC’s The Good Doctor, you might want to check out Good Doctor, the South Korean medical series it was based on. For romance with a bit of sci-fi, My Holo Love has a woman falling in love with a hologram. Modern fantasy lovers may enjoy Hotel Del Luna‘s tale about the owner and manager of a hotel catering to ghosts. Meanwhile, He Is Psychometric features GOT7‘s Jinyong as a young man who can read the past of people and objects he touches, using this to fight crime.

Whether you’re in the mood for love, war, or anything in between, chances are there’s a Korean drama that can satisfy you.

Royal Ghosts: Queen in lockdown in Windsor Castle – home to numerous sightings

However, if legends are to be believed, they could be joined by one of 25 ghosts reported as having been seen at the property. The Queen herself once claimed to have seen an apparition of Queen Elizabeth I with her sister Princess Margaret, the Countess of Snowdon. According to Visit Britain, Elizabeth I is “often seen in the library” and “her footsteps can be heard on the bare floorboards before her striking presence appears”. 


Elizabeth I ruled from 1558 until 1603 and having died childless was the last monarch of the Tudor era.


King George III has been reported to have been seen too.

According to the Sun, he has been spotted “looking longingly out of the room beneath the library, where he was confined during his several periods of madness”.

George III would spend the end of his life fighting some form of mental illness, the cause of which remains unknown.

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The Queen and Prince Philip are isolating in Windsor Castle, stock (Image: GETTY)

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The royals are at Windsor Castle (Image: GETTY)

Much of his reign was also dominated by military accomplishments – victory in the Seven Years’ and Napoleonic Wars but also defeat in the American War of Independence.
His son, the later King George IV ruled for the last decade of his father’s reign as regent.

King Henry III and Herne, a huntsman for King Richard III have also been said to have been spotted.

Henry III became King of England aged just nine and ruled until the age of 65.

He was buried in Westminster Abbey, which he had built during a reign in which he had to contend with sometimes hostile barons. 

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The Queen with Princess Margaret in 1946 (Image: GETTY)

According to Readers’ Digest, King George VI claimed to have seen the ghost of Queen Elizabeth I eight nights in a row on the onset of the Second World War.

The Queen made a rare public broadcast in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

With the exception of her annual Christmas message and state openings of Parliament, it was her first public address since 2002 when she made one following the death of her mother Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

This was followed by an Easter address and she also marked the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day this month, addressing the nation as her father George VI had in 1945.


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Queen Elizabeth I has reportedly been spotted several times (Image: GETTY)

The Queen and Philip are both in the 90s, but other royals have been able to make contributions in the midst of the pandemic.

Their daughter-in-law Sophie, the Countess of Wessex has volunteered at a food bank and helped prepare meals for NHS workers.

Her grandson Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge recently acted as bingo announcers via a zoom call for a Cardiff care home.

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A map of UK royal residences (Image: EXPRESS)

William’s brother Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have been spotted delivering meals in California for people who are unable to cook or shop for themselves.

Windsor Castle itself was built in the late 11th Century.

George VI, the Queen Mother, the Queen and Margaret lived at Windsor Castle throughout the Second World War.

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King George III has also been spotted (Image: GETTY)

The then King and Queen, however, travelled to London daily and returned to Windsor to sleep.

Upon coming to the throne in 1952, the Queen made the castle her principal weekend retreat.

Monkey Breaks Into ATM, And The Surveillance Footage Is Bananas

It sounds bananas, but it looks like monkeys are engaging in serious criminal behavior in Delhi, India.

Security cameras at a local branch of the State Bank of India recently captured video of a monkey ripping open the front panel of an ATM, according to the Hindustan Times.

But while the monkey appears to have committed the crime of vandalism, it is apparently no thief.

The video shows the primate pulling off a piece of plastic to play with, before scurrying away without taking any cash.

As you might expect, Twitter users went ape for the video, with many people offering theories as to the monkey’s M.O., some more sinister than others.

One person thought the real story was the bank’s somewhat sketchy security.

Of course, some people predicted the video was a sign of things to come.

Amazon’s Seattle campus is home to a new homeless shelter for families

Amazon has faced no shortage of troubles in 2020, many of them self-inflicted. But here’s one thing done right, at least.

One of the buildings located in company’s downtown Seattle campus has now opened its doors as a permanent homeless shelter built with displaced families in mind. It’s the product of an ongoing Amazon partnership with local nonprofit Mary’s Place.

The two interests previously teamed up back in 2016 to open another shelter on Amazon’s campus. That one, established inside a 35,000 square-foot building, was conceived as a temporary arrangement. Amazon had other plans for it, but with construction on the former motel and college dorm set to begin a year later, Mary’s Place was able to set up the unused space to house up to 200 families.

That shelter stuck around through 2018, and its success led to plans for a more permanent location on Amazon’s campus. The new one opened in early March 2020 in a 63,000 square-foot space – making it the largest shelter in Washington state – that can house “275 moms, dads, and children every night.”

It’s got more than that, too, as Amazon’s earlier announcement, from late 2019, reveals:

Stretched over eight floors, the shelter includes four floors designated for sleep, which is paramount to guests making a transformation in their lives. In addition to standard shelter space, the shelter also includes Diversion program sleep spaces, for families who need light assistance to quickly move into housing, and also 30 Popsicle Place rooms, for families with medically fragile children. In fact, this new shelter will triple the Popsicle Place capacity. On the additional four floors, more unique shelter features include: an industrial kitchen, a children’s play area, and space for professional services such as pro bono legal support from Amazon’s legal team. 

The shelter’s development has been a plan for some time, and no one could have foreseen how helpful the timing of an early March opening would be. In addition to the assortment of services detailed above, the shelter is also centrally located in downtown Seattle, meaning families displaced by the pandemic (as well as for other reasons) have easier access to hospitals, mass transit, and other community services.

Amazon may have a long way to go when it comes to protecting its own workers. But this new shelter will help some of the most at-need people in Seattle and the surrounding area get their bearings. That’s got as much to do with the efforts of Mary’s Place as it does with Amazon’s $100 million, 10-year commitment.

You can learn more about Mary’s Place right here.

This cellist is spending quarantine recording delightful retro multitracks

Samara Ginsberg’s career as a session musician went on pause in March thanks to covid-19. Now, the London-based cellist is spending quarantine arranging elaborate covers of pop culture classics for her YouTube channel — including, most recently, the Knight Rider theme.

For those not immersed in the world of cult NBC dramas from the 1980s, Knight Rider stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a man who fights crime with the help of his nearly indestructible and sort-of sentient car, KITT. The show also boasts an ultra-catchy theme song, which Ginsberg’s arrangement gives an extra layer of drama and camp. 

Ginsberg had toyed with the idea of multitracking on cello for a while, but quarantine provided an opportunity to finally pull the trigger. 

“Cello is the perfect instrument for multitracking because of its massive range — over 4 octaves in pitch and a huge variety of different timbres and articulations,” she explained via email. “I’d had the idea … in the back of my mind literally for years, but never found the time to do it until now.”

Knight Rider is Ginsberg’s third foray into cello multitracking in recent weeks. Her first was a cover of the Inspector Gadget theme, which she recorded in one take using the app Acapella. (You’ve probably seen quite a few Acapella videos before.) 

She also used Acapella for her “Imperial March” video, which she recorded while wearing a Darth Vader mask. The mask impaired her sight, though, which made getting complete takes difficult. So she decided to change her approach. For the Knight Rider video, Ginsberg first created the arrangement by ear — in about an hour, she says — then recorded audio in Logic Pro and video on her phone. Next, she “stitched everything together” using Final Cut Pro.

“This sounds simple, but until this week I had never done any video editing of any kind and it took ages!” she said. “I expect the next one will go a lot more smoothly.”

Ginsberg’s work has gotten quite a bit of praise on the r/videos subreddit, particularly from Knight Rider fans, of which there seem to be a startling but not altogether surprising number. “This so super cool and I’d legit listen to an entire album of ’80s TV theme music,” wrote one commenter

As for what hot tracks we can expect from the cellist next, she says she gets lots of requests but doesn’t want to make any promises. She does plan, however, to give the people what they want: nostalgia. 

“For the time being I’m going to concentrate on retro TV, cartoon, movie and video game themes as they’re fun and people really seem to enjoy them,” she said. “I think at such a difficult, stressful time, people are really responding to content that takes them back to their childhoods.”

Despite her videos’ fun, effortless ethos, Ginsberg underscored that because she’s self-quarantining, she’s had to learn a lot of new skills to make her projects work. 

“In my everyday pre-quarantine life as a session musician I don’t really do anything except turn up to the studio, play the sheet music that’s put in front of me, and leave the technical side to other people,” she said. “The only way I can work for the foreseeable future, whether on my own projects or on remote recording for external clients, is by doing everything myself.”

“It’s been an incredibly steep learning curve and has confirmed something I’ve always suspected,” she added. “Producers, studio engineers and sound technicians don’t get nearly enough credit for what they do.”

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern stays cool as earthquake hits during live interview

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has once again displayed her poise amidst unexpected trials, smoothly continuing a television interview after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake.

Ardern was speaking to The AM Show host Ryan Bridge via video call on Monday morning when the New Zealand Parliament Buildings in Wellington, AKA “the Beehive,” were hit by “quite a decent shake.” Occurring at 7:53 a.m., the earthquake was centred near the town of Levin, approximately 50 miles north of Wellington. It was also felt 260 miles away in Aukland.

“We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here, Ryan,” Ardern smiled as the building visibly shook around her. She quickly indicated she was alright to continue once the tremors passed. “We’re fine, Ryan. I’m not under any hanging lights, I look like I’m in a structurally sound place.”

Before the earthquake Arden had been talking about her fiancé Clarke Gayford’s backyard sheds, plural.

A research poll recently found Ardern to be New Zealand’s most popular prime minister in a century, and she’s also earned fans around the world. Her compassionate response to the Christchurch terror attack, effective management of the coronavirus pandemic, and sense of humour have already endeared her to many, particularly in a time where good leadership seems hard to come by.

UFO sighting: Slow moving fireball over Australia was ALIEN spaceship – shock claim

A large and bright was spotted heading over the skies of Victoria, Australia, on May 22, mesmerising onlookers. The sighting piqued the interest of stargazers as it was not a typical shooting star.

When meteorites enter the atmosphere, they produce a bright but brief blast as the space rocks meet air resistance for the first time ever.

However, the fireball was slow-moving, appearing in the skies for more than 20 seconds, proving it was not a meteorite.

Astronomers had said the fireball was a piece of space junk re-entering the atmosphere, but conspiracy theorists have other ideas.

Prominent hunter Scott C Waring believes the fireball was actually a heading for a base in Australia.


UFO sighting: Slow moving fireball over Australia was ALIEN spaceship – shock claim (Image: ET DATABASE)


“It was going to an underground base somewhere in the Australian desert” (Image: ET DATABASE)

Mr Waring reasoned on his blog ET Database: “The unique thing about it is that it was horizontal because it wasn’t falling.

“It was going to an underground base somewhere in the Australian desert. The glowing light showed no signs of falling to earth, which would be impossible for any space debris, which is much too light to accomplish such a feat.

“Australia outback is a hotspot for UFOs and this is one of them! Don’t believe the disinformation trying to make you believe its space debris.

“This is 100 percent alien in origin. Look closely at the center of the glowing object – it’s round, like a disk.”

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“The slow speed, about 6 kilometres per second, is a very telltale sign that it is space junk.” (Image: GETTY)

Astronomers, on the other hand, were certain it was a piece of space junk.

Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Southern Queensland Jonti Horner told Australia’s ABC: “The slow speed, about 6 kilometres per second, is a very telltale sign that it is space junk.

“Astronomy is a detective story, it’s very cool, I love seeing things like this.”

Perry Vlahos from the Astronomical Society of Victoria agreed, stating: “Because of the slow speed and shallow angle, and the fact it is disintegrating in the video suggests it was something in orbit like a small satellite.

“It’s still considered space junk because it was in space, it’s re-entering the atmosphere and burning up.”

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Asteroids, comets and meteors (Image: EXPRESS)

There is believed to be an astonishing 170 million pieces of junk floating in Earth’s upper atmosphere, but only 34,000 are being tracked.

Some 7,000 tonnes of space junk encircle our planet, as defunct satellites, junk from rockets and other metals and rocks build up close to Earth.

Experts have previously warned that as space debris increases, it will make it harder for rockets to escape Earth’s orbit out of fear of colliding with an object, known as the ‘Klesser syndrome’.

Not only does it pose a threat to space travel but technologies such as mobile phones, television, GPS and weather-related services also rely on satellites.