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aostling
05-23-2008, 06:33 PM
My brother Glenn, who lives in Oslo, sent me this a few minutes ago. Obviously, he composed the message in a state of excitement. The event, whatever it was, occurred shortly after midnight, local time.


Allan I was watching TV upstairs and out the window I saw a burning (flickering, not blinking) orange light drifting across the sky. Almost as big as the moon or sun when it was closest, not like the light on a plane or helicopter. I ran outside to look. I first thought it was maybe a paper lantern or something like that somebody sent from the nearby hill but I realized it was moving against a fairly strong breeze. Then I thought of a jet plane on fire but it was heading south away from Oslo. It was a weird thing to see and I can't explain it. Totally silent and not a meteorite streaking by for a split second. Well I suppose it could have been a real big meteor high up but I've never seen the like and it didn't leave a streak behind it. Just an orange ball of flame passing overhead at about the same speed as a jet. I saw it for about a minute before it was over my horizon (behind the roof of a neighbor). I'll let you know if I hear or read about others who saw it.
Glenn

Thomas Staubo, can you confirm?

dp
05-23-2008, 06:44 PM
I suspect a natural gas balloon with a time delay ignitor (book of matches and a cigarette). I've launched more than a few of these in my yoot. Quite spectacular over population areas just after the sun has set. They've even been mentioned in the news :). All the evidence goes up in flames. A 20' tall natural gas balloon makes a big fireball.

doctor demo
05-23-2008, 06:57 PM
I suspect a natural gas balloon with a time delay ignitor (book of matches and a cigarette). I've launched more than a few of these in my yoot. .

Dennis, what is a yoot ? I think you meant to type youuuthhhe:D .

Steeeve

topct
05-23-2008, 07:07 PM
"Bright light in sky, frightens minority group in sector "R". :D

Pete H
05-23-2008, 07:09 PM
Thank god there still are some tricksters among us !!! Damn, I'm sorry we cook with electricity.

Evan
05-23-2008, 10:18 PM
Most likely a reentering satellite. Sounds a little slow to be a bolide.

You can check here when the next issue comes out to see if anything broke up around the right time.

http://orbitaldebris.jsc.nasa.gov/newsletter/newsletter.html

Swarf&Sparks
05-24-2008, 12:35 AM
Big orange garbage bag, couple of long skewers, a tin lid and a coupleof firelighters.

(don't ask) :D

Pete H
05-24-2008, 09:59 AM
OOOH BOY!

Here in the USA, around Hallowe'en, we get bright orange plastic leaf bags with Jack-O'Lantern faces printed on them. And it'll all be YOUR fault !!

nheng
05-24-2008, 11:00 AM
Go ahead and laugh, you guys. What you don't know is that everyone it passed over is now sterile. :D :D

Evan
05-24-2008, 11:06 AM
Beats paying money for the operation.

Alistair Hosie
05-24-2008, 02:52 PM
Beats paying money for the operation

:D:D:D Is that what you did Evan????Alistair