Fiery Object Explodes Over Portland, Oregon.
A huge fireball caught the attention of hundreds of people in the Portland, Oregon area on Wednesday morning as it was seen streaking to the ground, leaving behind a smokey trail. As the reports started flooding in, local news station KATU were able to get a reporter into the sky, capturing the footage seen above. So what was this object that cause such a stir on?
The possibility of the fireball being caused by a man-made object such as a satellite or rocket reentry was swiftly ruled out when KATU contacted the U.S Strategic Command. A spokesman from the agency, which monitors the nationwide skies said:
"We are currently not tracking any re-entries for your area this morning. Amongst other missions, amongst other missions, we predict re-entries of man-made objects that are returning to Earth. This calendar year there have been almost 300 re-entries of objects."
Naturally, once you rule out a man-made object from this picture, ones attention would turn to more natural phenomena such as meteorites. That's the explanation given by Jim Todd who runs the OMSI Planetarium who says it looks like a classic case of an exploding fireball, a phenomenon caused by meteorites heating up as they streak into our atmosphere at incredibly high speeds. Others who are investigating the event believe it may simply be a contrail interacting with the low early morning light to create a visual phenomenon.
However, the consensus would seem to be that this was indeed a meteorite. A fact that will only strengthen the calls by many scientists that Earth is facing an increasing threat from asteroid and meteor impacts. But don't fear, this kid has some pretty solid ideas on how to save us...and he's only 9!