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.
We've got a tweet out of Austin, a recent UFO hot spot, about a light in the sky that was moving way too fast to be a shooting star, mysteriously hovered, and then vanished without a trace (as UFOs tend to do). @megggggaann tweets:
I feel like I'm one with the aliens because I saw a UFO last night
So, did this tweep see a "mundane" meteor (there apparently was one in Austin the night before) or something... more?
Update: Sky watchers ElPasoAllSky.com received sightings of a meteor/fireball for thsi time period (either way, there was definitely a UFO flying over Central and North Texas).
Someone has reported an Austin UFO sighting to the message board GodLikeProductions.com. The May 22nd/23rd sighting was of a meteor-like object, green in color and with an explosive quality. From the forum:
Big one, headed approximately east to west, lots of green (copper) and an explosion. Did anyone else see it?
Others chimed in and discussed similar sightings from the past. A resident of Wimberly, TX seems to have seen the UFO, too:
I saw it in Wimberley TX
Huge green/blue with large visible smoke trail, then faded out, with no noise.
One person from nearby Round Rock heard a sonic boom during the same time period:
I'm in Round Rock and heard the sonic boom. But since I was naked at the time, I could not run outside and look.
What's interesting is another meteor-like object - a blue, flashing light with a red tail - was seen in nearby Georgetown the same night.
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.
The Lights in the Texas Sky blog has written up a great post about recent UFO sightings all over Texas - from League City to Katy. Apparently, on May 19th, residents all over the Lone Star State, as well as Missouri and Pennsylvania, saw red/orange lights moving in formations. This sighting is just like the mass sighting that made the news in Texas City (near League City) and is still unexplained! It's also similar to the red/orange lights seen the week of May 14th in various Texas cities, especially San Marcos. Here's a picture of the more recent event, from a Mesquite, TX and League City resident.
A few days after this sighting, there was a mass sighting of a fireball-like object over Central and North Texas, according to ElPasoAllSky.com.
Here's video of the League City sighting, from May 18th and 19th.
And here's video of what appears to be the same UFOs in Mesquite the same night:
Here are some testimonies from Lights in the Texas Sky:
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