On September 16, at 8:22:25 PM local time, NASA meteor cameras in north Georgia and western North Carolina detected a bright fireball over middle Alabama. First seen at an altitude of 45 miles above Paul M. Grist State Park, near Selma, Alabama, the 6 inch diameter chunk of asteroid moved east at a speed of 38,000 miles per hour before burning up some 28 miles above northern Elmore County. At its most intense, the meteor was even brighter than a crescent Moon.
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What is the bright light we see around 5:30 am in the eastern sky. My daughter and her family are scared to death and are taking off Wednesday afternoon for the Rocky Mountains to find a cave! Help!
If that was a meteor, then what was the red flying object I saw from my porch looking over Paul M. Grist State Park two, count em, two, nights later at around the same time? This object/objects hovered, appeared, disappeared and even flashed other colors. There were also 3-4 other smaller crafts with flashing blue and white lights around the same area, almost as if searching for the larger one? This happened over a period of 20-30 mins and did not appear to fall to the ground, or head in any given direction. It also had a haze around it but no fire that I could see. All I can say is it was HUGE! Three people witnessed this and all of us are completely boggled over what it might have been. Would love to know if it was a meteor and want proof of it for two nights later than this report is said to have happened.
I forwarded your question to Dr. Bill Cooke in Marshall’s Meteoroid Environment Office to see if he could shed some light on what you saw. While he did not know what it was, he did say it was definitely not a meteor.
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