More readers witness UFO over York

READERS have continued to contact The Press to tell how they too saw a UFO in the sky over York on Wednesday evening, after we appealed for more witnesses to come forward.

Andy Cheetham, of Holgate, said he saw what looked like a very bright shooting star travel across the sky just after 9pm.

He said: “I was locking up my bike outside The Swan pub in Bishopthorpe Road,” he said. “It left a visible trail behind it, like a meteorite burning up.

“It was greenish white, moved slower than shooting stars generally do and was heading west across the city.”

Michelle Moran said she and her partner saw something falling from the sky, with a blue and red glow and travelling quite fast.

She said: “I commented that superman has just landed.”.

Emmet Cox said: “I originally believed it was a green flare, as it had the same luminosity as ones I have seen before fired from close range. However, it was faster and travelled on a constant trajectory.”

The bright lights are believed to have been space debris burning up, and police said a member of the public had contacted officers to report a hole in a grass verge in New Earswick, which he believed was caused by space debris.

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10:22am Sat 2 Feb 13

clairemw says...

OMG What is wrong with some people..do yourself a favour grab a book about the universe then you will know what goes on up there then next time you see something you can say oh yeah its a meteor/Asteroid or a bit of space junk burning up...instead of wasting police time cos there is a hole in the ground and thinking the Aliens are coming to get you.....Jeez some people crack me up...lol :P
OMG What is wrong with some people..do yourself a favour grab a book about the universe then you will know what goes on up there then next time you see something you can say oh yeah its a meteor/Asteroid or a bit of space junk burning up...instead of wasting police time cos there is a hole in the ground and thinking the Aliens are coming to get you.....Jeez some people crack me up...lol :P clairemw

12:13pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Seadog says...

Actually, most witnesses in this case DO seem to be talking about meteors; shooting stars and space-junk etc.

In any case - all flying objects are UFOs by definition - until and unless they are identified ... which in the vast majority of cases they are.
Actually, most witnesses in this case DO seem to be talking about meteors; shooting stars and space-junk etc. In any case - all flying objects are UFOs by definition - until and unless they are identified ... which in the vast majority of cases they are. Seadog

12:44pm Sat 2 Feb 13

bob the builder says...

RAF night flying - try asking them what aircraft they were flying and what maneouvres they were doing!
RAF night flying - try asking them what aircraft they were flying and what maneouvres they were doing! bob the builder

5:03pm Sat 2 Feb 13

DarrenPerksUFO says...

It was not a UFO. This has been identified as meteors with one actually hitting the ground not far from York. No aliens, no spaceships, just hard rocky meteors. Please folks it's no longer I identified and never was . The green colour was the tail of the meteors from burning up in the atmosphere. If it was anything else and had a strong case for being a UFO or extraterrestrial myself and other investigators would be all over it. Notice how I'm not though....
It was not a UFO. This has been identified as meteors with one actually hitting the ground not far from York. No aliens, no spaceships, just hard rocky meteors. Please folks it's no longer I identified and never was . The green colour was the tail of the meteors from burning up in the atmosphere. If it was anything else and had a strong case for being a UFO or extraterrestrial myself and other investigators would be all over it. Notice how I'm not though.... DarrenPerksUFO

5:40pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Seadog says...

Of course it was a meteor! But the point I was making was a linguistic one concerning the meaning of the term "unidentified flying object".

These days it seems that most people use it as an alternative for "flying saucer" or "alien spacecraft". Of course, if such things really do exist, they would initially be UFOs, but so are meteors, birds, aircraft, balloons, snowflakes and even bits of muck on a camera lens until it is clear that that is what they are IN THE PERCEPTION OF THE WITNESS. (I'm not shouting , honest, I'd use italics the system let me!)

Naturally, anyone with some idea "of what's up there" (as clairemw so succinctly puts it) is more likely to make a correct identification sooner than those who don't.

To put it another way: it's entirely possible to be a "ufologist" without believing in little green men! It's not rocket science after all!
Of course it was a meteor! But the point I was making was a linguistic one concerning the meaning of the term "unidentified flying object". These days it seems that most people use it as an alternative for "flying saucer" or "alien spacecraft". Of course, if such things really do exist, they would initially be UFOs, but so are meteors, birds, aircraft, balloons, snowflakes and even bits of muck on a camera lens until it is clear that that is what they are IN THE PERCEPTION OF THE WITNESS. (I'm not shouting , honest, I'd use italics the system let me!) Naturally, anyone with some idea "of what's up there" (as clairemw so succinctly puts it) is more likely to make a correct identification sooner than those who don't. To put it another way: it's entirely possible to be a "ufologist" without believing in little green men! It's not rocket science after all! Seadog

12:08am Mon 4 Feb 13

PinzaC55 says...

Diameter of the Universe = 156 billion light years.
Diameter of the Milky Way = 100, 000 light years.
Distance of Earth from centre of Milky Way = 26, 000 light years.
Speed of light = 183, 000 miles a second.
Speed of Space Shuttle = 4000 miles an hour.
Probablity of aliens (if there are any) reaching us = Virtually zero.
Diameter of the Universe = 156 billion light years. Diameter of the Milky Way = 100, 000 light years. Distance of Earth from centre of Milky Way = 26, 000 light years. Speed of light = 183, 000 miles a second. Speed of Space Shuttle = 4000 miles an hour. Probablity of aliens (if there are any) reaching us = Virtually zero. PinzaC55

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