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Re: UFO ROUNDUP Volume 2, Number 37 - Scottish

From: James Easton <pulsar@compuserve.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 20:27:25 -0400
Fwd Date: Mon, 06 Oct 1997 23:07:45 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO ROUNDUP Volume 2, Number 37 - Scottish


>Date: Fri, 3 Oct 1997 07:17:24 -0400
>From: Graham William Birdsall <106151.1150@compuserve.com>
>Subject: Scottish Event

Graham wrote:

>This was an extremely interesting event in every sense.

>Senior scientific officer Alan Pickup of the Royal Observatory in
>Edinburgh said the object was almost certainly a meteor - up to the
>size of a suitcase.

>"It would have been travelling at anything from 10 to 50 miles a
>second. It is certainly a very rare event. A meteor big enough to be
>seen in Scotland during daylight has not been seen for some time,"
>said Mr. Pickup.

>The official Ministry of Defence explanation now offered is that the
>event can be put down to the re-entry of declining Cosmos 2343 - a
>satellite which burned up in the atmosphere.


The 24 September edition of the Scotsman newspaper -


- carried a lengthy front page article on the incidents. The following
extract may be of interest:

Mystery of the spy that fell to Earth
By Annette McCann and Bill Chisholm

A Russian spy satellite was blamed last night for an outbreak of
hysteria stretching from the Western Isles to the north of England.

As red flaming objects rained down from the skies across Britain, the
extent of the disaster was unclear. In the Borders it was said to be
a plane crash; in Edinburgh it was a meteorite shower; and in
Newcastle they feared aliens had landed.

The sparkling objects, which were reported to disappear in the morning
midst or crash to the earth's surface, had thousands reaching for the
telephone as the emergency services were inundated with calls.

The Home Office said last night, however, that it was the Kosmos 2343
satellite. Unofficial reports from Moscow described it as "a minor
satellite" launched in May at the Russian cosmodrome in the former
Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. It was blown up by the Russians last
week to protect military secrets and was expected to land over Ireland
and parts of Cornwall, said an expert on satellite re-entry, Alan
Pickup, last night.

It what was described as an "extremely unusual" incident by the
Ministry of Defence, the craft was said to have disintegrated as it
entered the atmosphere.

In a statement issued last night, the MoD said that the early morning
light show was likely to have been caused by the fragments of the
satellite. "There is a lot of satellite debris in space which usually
burns up on re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere but occasionally some
fragments do get through. This is what we understand happened this
morning", a spokesman said. "These fragments do not pose a danger to
the public but as a precaution it's advisable to inform the police of
any pieces that might be found".


Sightings of fiery bright lights and "whooshing" noises or explosions
were reported to the coastguard at Stornoway and Aberdeen, the
Northern Constabulary Police, and the coastguards in the north of

At first, it was thought the lights were from a meteorite storm. The
US space agency NASA was contacted early on but experts said they were
not aware of any incidents involving space craft re-entry into the


According to astronomers, a meteorite shower which had not been due
to reach the atmosphere until next month must have arrived early.

The bright lights travelling at high speed sparked a full-scale
emergency in the Borders when another woman reported a possible plane
crash in Berwickshire, near the A6105 road.

Louise Aitken Walker, said, "Everything was silent out on the moor,
then my attention was drawn to a fiery object the size of a football
descending about 300 metres from me. It completely disappeared ten
feet from the ground".

A RAF Sea King helicopter was scrambled from Boulmer in Northumbria.


A spokesman at the rescue co-ordination centre at RAF Kinloss said,
"We have no idea what this could be".


A spokesman from the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh said they,
too, were in the dark. He said, "We are checking our instruments but at
the moment we have not found anything".

After hours of checking data, scientists in Edinburgh said the amazing
catalogue of sightings came from a "sonic event" in the skies above
the Moray Firth.

But staff at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh said the cause of the
sightings was likely to be a meteor.


A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence in London said that pieces of
the satellite had not yet been recovered. He was still very confused
about the incident.

>We have further quotes of interest, including comments made by Squ.
>Leader Paul Rayfield, senior operations chief at the early warning
>ballistic missile facility at RAF Fylingdales, home to the world's
>most sophisticated radar, in which he states:

>"The Ministry of Defence are saying the object was Cosmos 2343, but
>we can't categorically say that this is the case."

The story also featured on the front page of the following day's
edition of the "Southern Reporter", a weekly publication which covers
the Scottish Borders area. The article noted that, "The Ministry of
Defence originally issued a statement saying that it was the Kosmos
2343 satellite, a Russian spy satellite...".

However, yesterday (Wednesday) the ministry altered its statement and
confirmed it was in fact a meteorite".

Courtesy of the UK UFO Network -


- there are a couple of comparative reports which come to mind:

Source: Westmoreland Gazette - Kendal -
Date: 21st July 1995

UFO mystery

Mystery surrounds the sighting of a huge object seen burning up as it
entered the earth's atmosphere.

Kirkby Lonsdale man Derek Atkinson, 53, was returning home from a
fishing trip at around 11.30pm on Saturday (July 15) when he saw a
strange sight in the night sky.

The self employed joiner said: "It looked like a massive shooting star
or a meteorite but it was a tremendously large object with a tail of
white flame.

"I don't think it was a shooting star because you normally see them
come down in a gradual trajectory and this lasted for a number of
seconds, a lot longer than a shooting star.

"It was surrounded by a massive spread of white flame and then there
was a massive explosion and it disappeared behind some clouds."

Mr Atkinson, who himself dismisses the idea it could have been a UFO,
added: "I have never seen anything like it before but lots of people
must have seen it."

A spokesman for the Royal Observatory, at Edinburgh, said it was
possible Mr Atkinson could have seen a satellite re-entering and
burning up in the atmosphere or a larger than normal meteorite which
is quite a rare sight.

Source: Dundee Evening Telegraph
Date: 31st July 1995

In Tayside and Fife

Flood of calls after reported UFO sighting

The appearance of a mysterious object in the sky over Tayside and Fife
has prompted many people to report sightings.

Calls throughout eastern Scotland have been flooding into the Evening
Telegraph ever since a Montrose woman first spotted a bright blue ball
shaped glow in the sky at the weekend.

She appealed for other people who saw something in the sky around
midnight on Friday to report it.

She believed what she saw might have been a UFO.

The woman, too embarrassed to be named, explained, "Because no one
else seems to have seen it, I am beginning to question my sanity.
People are thinking 'crazy woman.'"

Others who also witnessed the phenomenon have assured the woman she
was not alone.

Calls reported to the Tele have ranged from Falkland, Pittenweem,
Buckhaven, Inverkeillor, Dundee, Arbroath and Kinross.

Kirkcaldy bus driver David Robert, of Buchan Court, saw a yellow flash
followed by a big blue flash shortly before midnight on Friday as he
made his way to Pittenweem from Cupar.

He said: "I've seen shooting stars before, but this was nothing like
that. It was much bigger than I've seen before."

James Watt, Courthill Farm, Inverkeillor, also saw a big glowing ball
with a tail around the same time.

He explained: "I'm glad someone else saw it. People I spoke to over
the weekend never saw anything either and I admit I did have my

Astronomers at the Mills Observatory in Dundee are following the
theory that the object was a meteor.

Wasn't there also a similar event we discussed a few months ago. I can
recall reports of mysterious explosions and falling lights being
observed off the north coast of Scotland, the rescue services being
alerted, etc. I believe you ran a feature on this in the magazine.

Although meteors seem the most likely explanation, how frequently
might a tiny meteor cause a "sonic event" or an audible explosion?

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