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Chile's mystery fireball 'was not a meteorite'

Posted on Saturday, 5 October, 2019 | Comment icon 10 comments

Researchers examined the charred impact sites. Image Credit: Chile National Geology and Mining Service
Scientists have been struggling to explain a series of fires sparked by an object that fell over Chile recently.
The phenomenon, which lit up the sky and sparked several blazes last month, has since been the subject of a scientific investigation by the Chilean National Geology and Mining Service.

While it was initially speculated that a fragmented meteorite might have been responsible, a new report based on an analysis of the area around the impact site has cast serious doubt on this idea.

Researchers visited seven sites in and around the town of Dalcahue where small fires had reportedly been sparked by the object, however the team could find no evidence of a fallen meteorite.
In addition, local residents reported that they had neither seen nor heard anything unusual.

One possible explanation is that a satellite or other large piece of space debris may have come down over the region, however there has been no sign of any debris fragments either.

Researchers have taken soil samples for analysis and the results are expected in a few weeks.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (10)

Tags: Fireball, Chile

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by RoofGardener on 4 October, 2019, 15:11
Chinese Lanterns.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Robotic Jew on 4 October, 2019, 15:22
Flock of birds.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Desertrat56 on 4 October, 2019, 15:30
Space junk? Maybe a missle or small incindiary rockets.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 5 October, 2019, 2:56
Remnants of a CIA satellite? lol they can't talk about it
Comment icon #5 Posted by Manwon Lender on 5 October, 2019, 3:09
I doubt that we will ever get the true answer. Obviously whatever they have found is not something they want to talk about. I suspect it is debris from a Satellite or some such thing, that may be classified.
Comment icon #6 Posted by stereologist on 5 October, 2019, 4:02
I believe a phoenix can start a fire it is fanned enough after crashing into bushes.
Comment icon #7 Posted by qxcontinuum on 5 October, 2019, 21:02
Although the article above informsthe hypothesis to be a fire ball it does not provide alternative explaination.
Comment icon #8 Posted by fred_mc on 6 October, 2019, 13:57
There seems to be have been much UFO activity going on in Chile, and also in areas in Argentina close to the border to Chile, for a long time, at least if you follow the Contact series on Discovery where they are investigating UFO activity.
Comment icon #9 Posted by KVM10 on 6 October, 2019, 14:10
I doubt they were Chinese lanterns!? The weather over the island of Chloe at this time of the year is too windy as were coming out of winter! It feels like space debris, however Chile is known to be a UFO Hotspot too! Whiles doing Time Lapses on the roof of my house in Patagonia this year I managed to capture one still of a light shining from above onto the trees below, truly stunning! Considering the house is on a rural mountain spot with no light pollution whatsoever was an eye opener! So far Ive seen glowing lights in the sky in Atacama desert (bright green over the salt plains), an oran... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Tom1200 on 7 October, 2019, 12:40
Angry Birds?

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