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Mystery of the green fireballs solved ?


Posted on Thursday, 2 December, 2010 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Persia


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A series of green fireball sightings in Australia 4 years ago could have been a case of ball lightning.

While the possibility exists that the objects were meteors or space debris physicist Stephen Hughes of Queensland University believes they could have been ball lightning - mysterious glowing spheres sometimes sighted during thunderstorms.

"Green fireballs that streaked across the sky and rolled down an Australian mountainside four years ago, spurring reports of UFOs in the area, might have been meteors and ball lightning, a researcher suggests."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by booNyzarC on 1 December, 2010, 15:35
Green fireballs that streaked across the sky and rolled down an Australian mountainside four years ago, spurring reports of UFOs in the area, might have been meteors and ball lightning, a researcher suggests. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40442671/ns/technology_and_science-science/ Thanks for the news link Persia. Interesting excerpt here: "A transient electrical link between the ionosphere and ground, created by meteors or some other means, could help to solve the mystery of many UFO sightings," Hughes told LiveScience. "Since such balls would be very insubstantial, they would be able to move a... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 2 December, 2010, 14:31
Green fireballs caused by an electrical link between heaven and earth by falling meteors eh? Sounds like kryptonite to me. LOL.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Walker_Among_Shadows on 2 December, 2010, 17:16
This is very interesting, I actually saw something just like this back in September. I was outside early in the morning and I saw what I thought was a comet streak across the sky. But it was bright green and the weather outside was perfectly normal.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Ell on 3 December, 2010, 21:02
I once saw a meteor fall down nearly vertically; I saw only the lowest part of its trajectory. It exploded into a green fireball about two hundred meters in front of me and about thirty meters above a motor way (which was why I did not search for fragments). I was looking out of my window, which is about forty meters above the ground, but the motorway is somewhat elevated, so the meteor exploded at eye height for me.


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