A daytime video showing a bright fireball moving very slowly over Houston was uploaded to YouTube a couple of years ago; although the witness has just now brought this footage to my attention, I did report on other similar witness reports at the time. According to this witness, Rice University analyzed the footage and "debunked" it as a bolide, or exploding meteor. But could Rice University have been wrong? Check out the footage below and judge for yourself:
Watched this from my balcony Sunday at around 5:40pm for around 5 minutes. Can't explain it. To slow for a meteor. Any thoughts?
Here's another photo snapped the same week, or possibly even the same day; in this case, the bright light does appear to be moving quickly, resembling a more typical meteor:
Here is a video showing a bolide, or meteor exploding in the air, to compare to the footage above:
This newly-discovered video of a fireball over Houston does not show a meteor or a meteor exploding, in my opinion, however other photos and reports from the area at the time do support that theory. The sightings may or may not be related, but it's hard to imagine the latter. Perhaps we are viewing ball lightning, or some other strange albeit natural sky phenomenon besides a meteor?
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