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South East Queensland Astronomical Society vice-president Julie Straayer said her club had been observing the object from Bracken Ridge last night. "It's more than likely a piece of space junk because of the colour, but it was a sizeable piece and it took a long time to move," she said.
It has one or two interesting shots, yet mostly debunked images and known hoaxes with a couple of total no-brainers.... if you think slide 10 is worthy of a face palm, well slide 24 is hysterical - and check out their disclaimer below it!!
It does not appear to me the MSM was attempting to riducule UFO believers...simply supplying a possiable explanation with what appears to be someone with expierance in the matters of astronomy providing a viable explanation.
Facts are that a meteor shower is about to take place...
and facts are the anomaly could have been a piece of space debris.
I think the people that come here and refuse to even investigate any reasonable explanations before jumping to "it's ET and you are a disinfo agent, how much is NASA paying you?" are the ones discrediting UFOlogy. Actually, anyone confusing UFO and intelligently controlled craft piloted by Aliens, is also doing a disservice to the community at large.
We know for a fact meteors and other debris come into our atmosphere constantly, some big, some small. In fact, if you go outside, pour water on your roof and place a bucket under the collection spout, then use a magnet on the "dirt" you'll find in there, you'll actually find several micrometeorites, it's almost a given. We know these things come at us and we know what it looks like.
That said, some of that article might come off condescending if you have closed your mind to the possibility that was merely a meteor, and have closed your mind to the possibility that most UFO sightings have an earthly origin.
(it may have well been "a piece of space junk" though).