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Mystery object falls from the sky during lightning storm

By T.K. Randall
May 7, 2022 · Comment icon 24 comments

A meat packing plant worker recently captured footage of an unidentified object falling from the heavens.
The footage, which was captured in Texas during a thunderstorm, starts off as you might expect with views of dark storm clouds briefly illuminated in the night sky by flashes of lightning.

Suddenly, however, a bright object can be seen shooting down to the ground from above.

"I can't say that I have encountered anything like this before," said the 23-year-old.

"I've never really recorded the skies or anything and that day of the storm I really felt the need to record. I'm open to any suggestions as to what it might be or what it was."
Upon posting the clip on social media, he soon received dozens of replies from other users speculating over what the mysterious object could have been.

Several people likened it to the beginning of H.G. Wells' classic alien invasion novel 'The War of the Worlds' in which aliens from Mars arrive on Earth in so-called 'meteors'.

There were also suggestions that he could have captured evidence of ball lightning - an elusive phenomenon that is only ever rarely seen and even more rarely captured on camera.

Whether the case, the footage has made for some interesting debate.

Source: YouTube | Comments (24)

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Comment icon #15 Posted by CigaretteSmokingMan 2 years ago
Get a room
Comment icon #16 Posted by Gumball 2 years ago
Could it maybe be a drip of rain that is being illuminated by the lightning?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Timothy 2 years ago
For what it’s worth: @~22 seconds (scrubbing back and forth on phone) in one of the last frames that it is illuminated, it appears to be in front of the clouds. Shame it’s only 720P. With the original/uncompressed footage it would probably be easy to tell if in foreground or background. I’m inclined to suggest it’s either something close to the light (bug) or a meteor/ite. Also just noticed at ~25 seconds there is a similar thing which moves more top to bottom of the footage than diagonally. If meteor/ite I would assume that two similar objects appearing similarly illuminated within a ... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Timothy 2 years ago
This is why I ordered the ‘Bland meal’ option on one of the flights on my last holiday to VietNam! (I actually really did order the ‘Bland meal’ as a joke, but it turned out to be a much nicer meal than the non-bland option my partner (at the time) had.)
Comment icon #19 Posted by Manwon Lender 2 years ago
I think that was a good choice, Asian food in many Nations makes what is known as spicy in the West very very tame. Hope your and yours are well my friend.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Timothy 2 years ago
Thank you. You and yours too mate! Stay well and hopefully see you around these parts for a long time to come.
Comment icon #21 Posted by stereologist 2 years ago
Not too fast.  The time we see it depends on the size of the particle entering the atmosphere and the angle at which it enters. This alters our sense of the speed of the particle which can travel up to 160,000mph. BTW, that's roughly 400,000 feet per second.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Nobu 2 years ago
Fair points. It’s hard to gauge terminal velocity by eye. At least for me.
Comment icon #23 Posted by stereologist 2 years ago
The meteorites almost never reach terminal velocity. They burn up before then. What will be good for people on Mars is that although the Martian atmosphere is thin it is as thick as the atmosphere where most meteorites burn up as meteors in Earth's atmosphere. One the things that makes this hard to gauge is that what the eye sees and what the camera captures are often not the same.
Comment icon #24 Posted by MyOtherAccount 2 years ago
To me, it looks like it is actually two segments, one after the other. As if the duller bottom one is a reflection of the higher, brighter one. I wonder if it is due to the same thing that causes reflections of welder sparks in the air.

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