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Mystery fireball baffles witnesses in Texas

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posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 12:40 PM
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A mysterious fireball streaked across the Texas sky yesterday prompting a flood of calls to the emergency services and news organisations.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office sent up a helicopter to look around after witnesses said that they had seen what appeared to be falling debris from a plane crash at around 11am local time.

Sheriff's spokesman John Foster said the search was inconclusive. “We don’t doubt what people saw; but authorities found nothing."

“We don’t know what it was,” confirmed Roland Herwig, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.
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Max Lyon described the fireball as a glowing egg-shape with an orange centre, a blue-ish outer aura and a silvery-white tail.

"The tail was intact for several seconds, then became segmented," said Mr Lyon. "I conclude that the single object became several objects during incineration aftermath - a white tail remained visible for up to 10 minutes."

Matthew Donelon of Georgetown said he saw a very bright orangey-purple object dart across the northern sky.

"The object left a smoke trail for a distance and then went out," said Mr Donelon. "The smoke trail lasted for more than 15 minutes before it dispersed. There was no sound, so I estimate it was some distance away."

The US Strategic Command said it did not believe there was any connection with an incident last Tuesday when two satellites from the US and Russia collided, creating a cloud of space junk.

“There is no correlation between the debris from that collision and those reports of re-entry,” said Major Regina Winchester, with STRATCOM.

The FAA issued a warning to pilots on Saturday to be aware of possible space debris after the collision between US and Russian communication satellites.

The chief of Russia’s Mission Control says clouds of debris from the collision will circle Earth for thousands of years and threaten numerous satellites.

Some experts are now suggesting that the fast-moving Texas object was a meteor that burned up in the earth's atmosphere.


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posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 03:26 PM
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Is there any reason that it could not have been a meteorite?

That seems like a logical explanation so far unless there is some reason to think otherwise.



posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 03:30 PM
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sorry - re - post.

[edit on 16-2-2009 by spinkyboo]



posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 03:34 PM
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Originally posted by Geolion1



“There is no correlation between the debris from that collision and those reports of re-entry,” said Major Regina Winchester, with STRATCOM.

The FAA issued a warning to pilots on Saturday to be aware of possible space debris after the collision between US and Russian communication satellites.


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"There is no correlation" This sounds like an absolute.
Yet - the FAA issues a warning to pilots -

They are absolutely sure about nothing.





[edit on 16-2-2009 by spinkyboo]



posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 03:40 PM
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Hope it's ok to repost what I posted in other threads, since this is about the same sighting in Texas

What fell in Texas ..


The Federal Aviation Administration said the fireball appeared to be a natural phenomenon.

The object was visible yesterday morning from Austin to Dallas and into East Texas.

Astronomer Preston Starr is observatory manager at the University of North Texas.

Starr told The Associated Press he believes the object was a carbonaceous (kar-buh-NAY'-shus) meteor "about the size of a pickup truck."

He said it was a "slow mover" and probably has the consistency of concrete.

Starr says objects as large as the one spotted yesterday enter the atmosphere about eight or 10 times a year.


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posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 10:13 PM
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anybody know where it landed?



posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 11:01 PM
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It appears to be puffing along.
So was it God made or man made.

Some famous photo of a meteor flyby had a distinctive trail.
This low level pass might have left hot gases behind but so could
an aircraft moved by millions of volts and give off plenty of
electrostatic light balls.



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