Monday, July 27, 2009

Mexico: The Xochitepec Fireball - UFO or Meteorite?

Source: El Sol de Cuernavaca
Date: July 26, 2009

Mexico: The Xochitepec Fireball - UFO or Meteorite?

Residents of Xochitepec were treated to the sight of a "ball of fire" over Avenida Aeropuerto in the Miguel Hidalgo section of town. The witnesses fixed their eyes on a brilliant object in the sky for five minutes, before the sighting ended in a lightning-like flash and disappeared.

The unidentified object's presence drew the attention of many: some took out their camcorders, others photographed the "ball of fire" that seemed to fall very slowly from the heavens under clear skies.

Some claimed having heard a buzzing sound, stating unequivocally that it was not an airplane or anything known. Furthermore, its descent was slow and perpendicular. Several minutes into the sighting, people were shocked to see the object fire a bright light, resembling a beam or a bolt of lightning.

After this, the object commenced its slow ascent until it vanished from sight.
Whatever it was, it certainly captivated the locals. Some were astonished and others frightened; there were even those who spoke of the object as "an ill omen" signaling the arrival of plagues and diseases. They do not think that it was a meteorite, as these fall in seconds and are high in the sky -- but this object was at the same height as the clouds, of which there were none at the time.

The spectacle took place at 22:15 hours on Thursday, July 23 2009. The photos taken by a local resident were forwarded to this newsroom and are published here for everyone to draw their own conclusions.

[Note from Prof. Ana Luisa Cid: According to eyewitness accounts, the alleged UFO fired a sort of beam, a situation that has been documented in other sightings, such as the Gabriel Hernandez case in Mexico City and the Bocovna UFO sighting in Chihuahua)

(Translation (c) 2009 S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Prof. Ana Luisa Cid)