Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Supermoon Brings Out Skywatchers That See UFOs All Over Texas

SAN ANTONIO -- While observers looked to the sky to catch the supermoon's gleam Saturday, a mysterious fireball caught the attention of many from Texas to Florida.

At around 9 p.m., a flying object split in the sky and then the two pieces faded away from each other.

The American Meteor Association received 95 reports about the fireball, although details vary from witness to witness.

According to the association's website, a fireball is another term for a bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4. Several thousand fireballs occur in the Earth's atmosphere each day, but little are visible to people.

Excited observers also flocked to social media to report the sighting. Many asked their friends if they too saw the fireball, and others thought, maybe, it could be something a little more extraterrestrial.

On Twitter, Mike Elliot wrote, "Just saw the longest slowest meteor burn up over Taylor Texas. #meteor anyone else see it?

Neither Open Minds nor the Mutual UFO Network, extraterrestrial and UFO researchers, have stated whether the sighting could have been a UFO.

While alien believers discuss the possibilities, the association's calendar states it is common to see meteors around this time of year.

According to the association's meteor shower calendar, July and August are the months for Delta Aquariids, Alpha Capricornids and Perseids.

What do those difficult-to-pronounce words mean for the rest of us? Get your lawn chairs and telescopes ready for some meteor showers.
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