Aug 19, 2014 I Paul Seaburn

Canadian UFO May Be a Meteor But Second Object Unidentified

A video posted by a news organization covering a forest fire on July 17, 2014, outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, shows a fast-moving bright object streaking across the sky. While experts speculate it may have been a bolide, a large meteor or fireball, a second smaller object traveling quickly in the opposite direction is generating differing explanations.

The news organization shot the footage of a plane dropping fire retardant on the Smith Creek Wildfire. After posting the video, it began receiving questions about the object that appears 26 seconds into the video. A bright ball comes out of the clouds, travels quickly and horizontally without moving off path, passes through clouds and leaves a vapor trail behind it.

No official explanation has been given for the phenomenon and no meteor crash site has been found so far. Marc Dantonio, chief photo and video analyst for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) thinks it’s a bolide or meteor.

It is an Earth-grazer, a meteor that approaches the atmosphere at a shallow angle, and continues on, skipping off the atmosphere back into space. Some of them will slow down enough to become trapped and fall to Earth but they many times just skip on off and keep going.This one does indeed show a vapor trail as it moves through, it does come out from behind the cloud, and it moves at a speed completely consistent with Earth-grazers.

While that explanation seems plausible for the bright object, it doesn’t hold for another anomaly spotted in the enhanced version of the video. At about the 32 second mark in the news video, a black object appears quickly over the pickup truck. Some say it's a spot on the lens or a bug but it appears to go behind the trees and the telephone pole. Enhanced views don’t help identify it and no explanation for it has come from any parties.

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A magnified view of the second object in the video.

What does it look like to you? Was the first object a bolide? Was the second object a bug or a UFO spotting the spotters? Why are there so many UFO sightings in Canada?

Paul Seaburn
Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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