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Re: Speeding Meteor Sparks UFO Alert

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk=20
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 13:11:05 +0200
Fwd Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 21:09:34 -0400
Subject: Re: Speeding Meteor Sparks UFO Alert

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Saturday 13 June 1998

Issue 1114

Speeding meteor sparks UFO alert

By Sally Pook

A METEOR speeding across the night sky prompted a UFO alert across
England yesterday.

Police forces in at least eight counties received calls from hundreds
of onlookers who saw bright blue lights travelling in a north-easterly
direction from Devon to the Midlands. The British Astronomical
Association confirmed that the speeding object was a meteor, the result
of cosmic debris burning up in the earth's atmosphere.

Howard Miles, spokesman, said: "It was quite spectacular, crossing the
sky at about midnight and fragmenting as it burnt up in the atmosphere,
causing bright sparks. From our reports, it appears to have been a
single object, a piece of inter-planetary material called a meteor,
which burned up completely before it reached the ground."

It was seen across Shropshire, Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Oxfordshire,
Berkshire, Sussex, Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Caernarvon in north
Wales. A spokesman for Staffordshire police said: "People told us they
had seen a single, blue light that was bigger than a car. Some people
described a tail behind the light, while others said it looked like it
was burning or flaming."

Callers to police in Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex described flares and
a bright object breaking up and flames shooting across the sky. A
Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We are satisfied this was a meteor
which broke up on entering the earth's atmosphere, causing the bright
glow which people saw.

*17 May 1998: How meteors made an impact Down Under
*24 November 1997: Clinton looked for evidence of UFOs
*3 April 1997: UFOs brought to earth with a bump
*20 May 1996: Mighty meteor catches astronomers unawares
*12 June 1995: Meteor tail threatens spacecraft in orbit

External Links

*The International Meteor Organisation
*Meteors, Meteorites and Impacts - Nineplanets
*The Meteoritical Society
*UK UFO Network
*British Astronomical Association

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