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 >From the Electronic Telegraph. URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk:80/et?ac=3D000140326706927&rtmo=3DVxw5VZ4x&atmo= =3DV xw5VZ4x&P4_FOLLOW_ON=3D/98/6/13/nmet13.html&pg=3D/et/98/6/13/nmet13.html Links are preceded by asterisks. Stig ******* 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 =A9 Copyright Telegraph Group Limited 1998. Terms & Conditions of reading. Information about Telegraph Group Limited and Electronic Telegraph. "Electronic Telegraph" and "The Daily Telegraph" are trademarks of Telegraph Group Limited. These marks may not be copied or used without permission. Information for webmasters linking to Electronic Telegraph. *Email Electronic Telegraph.
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