Back on June 22nd, a ton of Texans got to see a kick-ass shooting star.... or something. I like sharing stories of identified flying objects, too - in particular, meteors and drones. But the reason I'm sharing this meteor sighting is because I'm not so sure it was a meteor.
According to the many witnesses, a pair of yellow white fireballs fragmented in the night sky. But the silence and brightness of the event is curious, and the witnesses, which include veteran sky gazers who've seen their fair share of shooting stars, were all floored by the sighting, which they compared to a fireworks show.
Did you see this UFO? What do you think it was? Let me know!
Here's AMSMeteors.org's map of the event:
And highlights from witness reports:
It looked like two yellowish balls surrounded by white light next to each other with one white tail. Although it was obviously only a few seconds, it seemed to last a while. Excited to have seen it, but really want to know what it was from because it was huge! Expect lots of reports! - Alec
Wow, what a week. There have been mass UFO sightings in Texas out the wa-zoo, of all sorts. I thought they were worth a post all on their own. Here's a wrap up of the strangeness in the skies of the Lone Star State... basically, everyone's seeing orange.
Could a meteor shower be to blame? According to ElPasoAllSky.com, possibly. A fireball explains some, but certainly not all, the sightings. As well, a local San Antonian has admitted to lighting sky lanterns the night of the mass sighting in San Antonio (however it doesn't really explain the exact nature of all the sightings).
In other oddball UFO news...
Here's a photo of the lights seen in League City, apparently identical to other sightings around Texas.
Someone in Frisco (outside Dallas) has spotted a reddish-orange orb flying through the sky, which appeared to have a halo around it. The sighting occurred on May 19th and sounds an awfully lot like a sighting in Poteet on the same night!
Round, glowing ball of reddish-orange with a halo around that traveled in a southeasterly to northwesterly direction. It did not pulsate its colors but had a halo of light around it. It stayed at the same elevation of around 3000 feet and flew its course at a very rapid speed. We watched it until it disappeared in the distance.
If it is similar to the Poteet sighting, then apparently (according to the Poteet witness), it looked like this:
Someone in Poteet, TX witnessed a very odd craft bounding through the sky on May 19th. Apparently, it looked similar to a UFO spotted over the Chinese Xiaoshan Airport in July of 2010 (video below). They also saw a plane in the sky seemingly respond to the UFO. A similar UFO was also spotted in Frisco the same night.
May 19, 2012 9:47 PM Observation location is in Atascosa County, on the corner of FM 2504 and Garden Drive. This location is between the township of Rossville, Texas (2.75 miles to the East) and the city of Devine, Texas (7.3 miles to the North East). I was in my truck facing south on Garden Drive about to make a right turn onto FM 2504 when I looked straight up into the night sky and noticed a ball of white light about four times the size of Venus as we see it now. The light was coming down from the stars and emitted, exploded or pushed the outer atmosphere into a huge and very bright ring of light the size of my fist at arm's length. It looked like the same kind of entry as filmed over Xiao Shan Airport in Hangzhou, China on July 7, 2010. The bright ring lasted a few seconds but the white light that came into the atmosphere continued on a southward flight path. Below and maybe, five to six miles behind the white light came the nightly 9:45PMish passenger jet airliner at around 15,000 to 18,000 feet AGL. The pilots of the jet liner had to have seen the bright white light for it would have been at their 11:30 and only a few miles in front of them. The white light dimed as it continued its flight south and the passenger plane veered off more to their right. I could not tell if the passenger plane's right course correction was due to the white light or just a normal course correction to Laredo direction. Possible passenger airliner is a Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Laredo (LRD) American Airlines 3363 operated by /AMERICAN EAGLE, Embraer RJ145, which Depart at 8:55pm to Arrive 10:15pm. Need to research and find all the flights that fly over nightly south bound though the Atascosa County airspace at 9:45 PM.
Here's what it looked like, apparently:
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