- MUNICH, Germany (Reuters)
- Strange lights in the sky baffled Bavarians late on Saturday as hundreds
of panicked callers jammed police telephone lines seeking an explanation
for the phenomenon.
- Reports of an unsettling late-night natural light show
came from all over the southern German state as well as the neighbouring
region of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
- "It had nothing to do with the weather. It was something
burning out in the atmosphere," a meteorologist said.
- "It was like a huge firework," a Reuters TV
correspondent in Munich said, describing the display. "You could even
see it through half-closed blinds. It lasted around three seconds,"
- Pilots flying into Munich airport radioed the control
tower with reports of unusual lights in the sky.
- The German police said NASA scientists initially thought
the light was caused by space junk -- floating debris in the Earth's atmosphere
-- but later said they were still unsure.
- The German army reported no unusual movements on its
- Scientists said the lights may have the result of a meteor
breaking through the Earth's atmosphere.
- "There are no signs of impact or damage. We can't
say what it was," a police spokesman said.
- G'day from Cairns Australia,
- On reading the article about "mystery" lights
in the sky over Germany I checked several sources and can confirm that
the lights in the sky were the result of the re-entry of the NASA HETE
spacecraft along with the Argentinian SAC-B spacecraft both which were
still attached to the Pegasus launch vehicle which placed them in the correct
orbit, however the craft failed to release from the launch vehicler as
they should have and "died" of power failure after a couple of
days. The full story can be found at space.com
- I would appreciate it if you passed this info on to the
pertinant person/s at rense.com as I was unable to locate a contact link
to Rense staff on the web-site.
- Thankyou &
- Eric Hallforde