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Was UFO spotted over Avalon Marshes similar to meteor fireball in Russia?

By journalwells  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

  • A close up of the mysterious object in the sky. Photo: Annie Henderson

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or was it, similar to the meteorite that hit Chelyabinsk yesterday morning, a space rock breaking up in the atmosphere?

Its origins are a genuine mystery.

Captured over the Avalon Marshes nature reserve at Shapwick Heath last Wednesday, these pictures of a curious light in the sky have many people baffled.

The pictures were snapped at the bird sanctuary by Annie Henderson who lives on the Somerset Levels.

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Unlike the usual blobs of light, which can be explained away as the contrails of distant jet aircraft, Chinese sky lanterns, weather balloons or passing satellites, the distant light appears to be burning up with flaming gases shooting off its form.

Annie said: "We were out photographing the starlings at 5.25pm and saw the bright thing in the sky, but thought it was just a high flying plane or a satellite.

"It was only the next morning that I uploaded the pictures on my computer and saw what was on the pictures when I zoomed in."

Annie, who is a wildlife photographer, only had a small lens with her for her Sony DSLR camera.

But she still managed to pick out the strange shape in the sky.

"I’ve never seen anything like it before, and I’ve lived on the levels for 17 years."

Is it something entering the Earth’s atmosphere such as piece of space debris or a meteorite?

We would love to hear from you if you have any idea what the object in the sky was.

Email us at newsdesk@midsomnews.co.uk.


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  • john011  |  September 08 2013, 2:59AM

    Schedules of departure from the International Space Station (ISS) and of re-entry to the atmosphere for the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI 4" (HTV4) are determined as follows. Departure from the ISS: September 5, 2013 / 1:00 a.m.(Japanese Standard Time, JST)* Re-entry to the atmosphere: September 7, 2013 / 3:36 p.m.(JST)* * The time may vary according to the actual operation.

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  • glue230  |  February 23 2013, 3:48PM

    The image you published has had the contrast enhanced too much. From an original image I enhanced the image by a lesser amount, and could clearly identify an aircraft in silouette at the top of the plume. The sun is illuminating the trail from the right, the contrail is causing a shadow of itself on the left side near the plane. You can see my version of the image at http://tinyurl.com/bxlypo9

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  • mickwest  |  February 18 2013, 5:07PM

    Looks like a short sunlit contrail. http://tinyurl.com/3hekxtg

  • nigant  |  February 15 2013, 4:57PM

    Its a plastic water propelled rocket! Simple as that.

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