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Burning Object Streaks Over English Midlands

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 01:42:41 +0200
Fwd Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 07:17:01 -0400
Subject: Burning Object Streaks Over English Midlands


Source: BBC News,

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/england/2303349.stm

Stig

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Sunday, 6 October, 2002, 10:33 GMT 11:33 UK

'Meteor' lights up Midlands

The object was seen shortly before 0600 BST

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A burning object seen streaking across West Midlands skies on
Sunday morning may have been a meteor, astronomers have said.

The streaking fireball was seen heading south shortly before
0600 BST.

Its passage was followed by a bright flash which lit up the sky.

Sightings of the object were reported at sites including
Coventry, England's south coast and Wales.

Andy Salmon, from the Birmingham Astronomical Society, said it
may have been a meteor - space debris burning up in the
atmosphere.

He also suggested it may have been a man- made object, such a
satellite re-entering the atmosphere, or a rocket being
launched.

"Meteors can happen at any time... there's no predicting when it
may happen," he said.

One witness said the object had a tail.

"All of a sudden I've seen this light streak across the sky...
the front of the light was much larger than what you would call
the tail," he said.


'Like a film'


The BBC's Ben Godfrey saw the fireball as he arrived at work.

"It was reminiscent of a meteor you might see in a film... it
was huge," he said.

Local aviation authorities confirmed the object was not
aircraft- related.

It has been an eventful period for the West Midlands in nature
terms, with the region shaken by an earth tremor on 23
September.

c. MMII



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