posted on Feb, 23 2013 @ 07:11 PM
Forgive me if this is already posted, but I could not find anything in the search engine.
Since this is a Brazilian news report, I'm going to summarize and translate a little bit of info here.
02/17/2013 around 5:30 pm hundreds (maybe more) of eye witness reported a meteor over Rio's sky.
According to the INPE ( National Institute of Space Research ), Brazilian official institute regarding Space related phenomena, the object is NOT a
"uma das pesquisadoras chegou a considerar que, pela foto, até parece um meteoro, porém ela mesma ressaltou que no vídeo a passagem parece ser
muito lenta. Os meteoros costumam ser muito mais rápidos do que aparece no vídeo. O próprio exemplo do meteoro da Rússia mostra isso".
"One of our researchers, taking the pictures in consideration, said it may look like an meteor. But, she emphasize, in the videos the object travels
too slow. Meteors are usually much faster. The recent Russian exemple shows this." (Free translation)
Brazilian Air Force refuses to comment on the subject saying "We don't have information regarding this event".
Another astronomer, Fernando Roing, researcher from the National Observatory also discards the meteor possibility. According to him this is probably
an commercial airplane. Given the late afternoon time, the reddish collor is atribute to sun reflection and it only appears to be falling due to optic
illusion, since the plane follows Earth curvature. Also according to him, the light trail is only a contrail.
I've been searching the web for another explanations or any official statement confirming the statement above. Nothing so far. Some news agencies are
trying to see if there was any plane in that particular trajectory at that time, but no official notes in this case at the moment. I will keep
searching and posting!
Sorry about my grammar!