It seems as though an extra big shooting star made its way over Texas on the night of June 13th, but one witness' note that they're "not sure what it was," naturally, has me wondering. Whatever the case, a fireball sighting was reported by two witnesses to AMSMeteors.org. Here's a quote from one of the reports and a map of the sighting:
Amazing fireball. Not sure what it was but it looked beautiful
A Texan taking a smoke break in their backyard noticed a bright white orb hovering very high up in the daytime sky over a neighbor's house. It then moved up and down and side to side before shooting up and disappearing into the stratosphere. Man, do we wish we had video of this! Sounds like a true blue UFO to me.
The sighting gave the witness a feeling of "elation and a sense of peace." What's especially intriguing is this is not uncommon apparently, the New Braunfels resident sees these all the time. Here's the full MUFON report:
I was in our backyard smoking a cigarette and waiting and I noticed a bright light shoot across the sky, very very high up. It then stopped and hovered over the house next door (still very high). I watched as it moved up, down, went to the side for about 10 feet, went back up, straight down about 15 feet, hovered again for quite awhile, then shot straight up and out of sight.This is nothing new to us, the only thing new was this was the first one that I have witnessed during the daytime. I always feel elation and a sense of peace when I see these.
Yesterday evening, a really gigantic asteroid got a little too close for comfort, if you ask me. Not to worry, NASA says, because it's too far away to harm us. However, on that same token they say they are ramping up efforts to detect threats like these in advance and prevent them from damaging the planet. Hey Obama, can we get NASA more funding!?
Meanwhile... on the very same evening Texans spotted some pretty spectacular meteors, so certainly the asteroid has - at the very least - flung some stuff our way... and are likely, if not certainly agitating our current wave of storms. Check out these riveting descriptions, reported into the wonderful resource AMSMeteors.org:
A bright streak, going up and to the right, that quickly faded, no smoke, just a very bright streak.. I would like to know if anyone else saw, recorded or reported this phenomenon, it seemed odd that it appeared to be going up, but I'm guessing it was an optical illusion due to its trajectory as it entered the atmosphere. - Adam H. in College Station
This video surfaced a few hours ago of what appears to be Asteroid 1998 QE2 in action:
Here are a few interesting quotes from the USA Today article:
Astronomers plan to study asteroid set to pass Earth to avert future catastrophes.
Man oh man, do we wish we had video for this sighting. Multiple witnesses watched a fiery object - which first appeared to be a plane exploding - zoom through the sky and then up into space and disappear. Right as one of the witnesses grabbed their camera, the object was too far away to get a good video for.
This is another one of those meteor-like objects that's clearly not a meteor (seen a lot of reports like that lately), and it's clearly not a satellite, crashing aircraft, plane, bird, balloon, Chinese lantern, etc. Did anyone else see this New Braunfels area fireball? Let me know!
Read the full MUFON report:
I was watching TV around 830 pm on March 13th, 2013 when a flash out of the living room window caught my eye. My mother was also watching TV at that time. I said "Somethings on fire!" I ran and looked out of our dining room door and I said "Oh my god theres an airplane on fire". My mother and I ran outside but we immediately realized it wasnt a plane. I said "What is that?" My mother said "Its a hot air balloon" but we knew a balloon wouldnt be flying after dark. The object seemed to be rising up and wasnt making any noise. It seem rather close, and looked to be rising up from the Guadalupe River. We watched it as it started going straight across the sky,(from east to west maybe) drifting slowly. My mother went inside and told my father to come out and see if he might know what it was. He came out and watched it with us. As it started to get further away my father said he was going to run into the house and get his camera. It was almost as if the object heard us, as soon as he said it the object changed directions and speed. It started going out into space at a very high rate of speed. My father took all of 20 seconds to run in and get his camera. When he got back we could still see the object but it was so far away it seemed to be a star but it was still the color of fire. Then it was as if the fire went out. It was gone. The entire event took maybe 10 minutes. My 2 year old granddaughter was also outside with us and even she was pointing at it and saying "I see it, I see it!".
A mother and daughter witnessed a bright flash of light while driving, and the next morning, the daughter saw it again in a nearby but different location. Could this have been a meteor? Recently, people have been seeing fiery lights in the sky that aren't 100% characteristic of meteors. The most famous examples is the recent fireball sighting over the Houston/Louisiana area, which people - astronomy experts and UFO enthusiasts alike - are still arguing about.
Here's the full MUFON report:
Driving home from braken, facing east, my daughter and I saw a flash if bright light in a half circle from the ground rising above the treeline. At first we thought it was a welding flash, since there is a body shop nearby. But it never reappeared. And was too large in size to be a welding flash. This morning, in her way to work in new braunfels, my daughter saw it again, twice. Not in the same area but near freheit rd in new braunfels.
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