What is That Strange Light Flying in the Sky Over Trinidad and Tobago? Too Slow for a Meteor Fireball

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What is that unidentified object flying in the sky over Trinidad and Tobago on October 15, 2019?

One thing is sure… It’s too slow to be a meteor fireball!

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A mysterious space object illumintaed the sky over Trinidad and Tobago on October 15, 2019. No meteor fireball. Picture via TTWeatherCenter

At 9:30 PM, a weird light started to glow and shoot in the sky across Central Trinidad. But it is still unclear what it really is.

Normally, the GOES-16 Lightning Mapper (GLM) captures a meteor as it enters the atmosphere. But yesterday, it wasn’t the case. The GLM only detected flashes from thunderstorms along the Paria Peninsula of Venezuela.

The mysterious space object entered the atmosphere with relatively clear skies and some mid- to upper-level clouds moving across Trinidad.

Based on social media reports, the glowing object was moving very slowly. It was observed by baffled skywatchers flying across Northern and Central Trinidad sometime between 9PM and 10 PM on Tuesday October 15, 2019.

I am really not sure this was a meteor. The space object is too slow and doesn’t seem to disintegrate but slowly burns down. Is it a piece of space junk?

The website Aerospace indicates that a rocket body reentered Earth’s atmosphere yesterday evening. I don’t know if that piece of space junk created this mysterious sky phenomenon over Trinidad and Tobago… But it seems to be the culprit. Otherwise it will stay a UFO until we get more information.

By the way, the Orionid meteor shower will peak between midnight and dawn on October 21 and 22. If lucky, you may see up to 40 meteors per hours! Keep your eyes to the sky! [TTWeatherCenter]

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3 COMMENTS

  1. It looks similar to the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster re-entry. IMHO, it’s just space junk falling out of orbit.

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