Flaming debris that was moving so fast that it broke the sound barrier almost hit a jet plane that was landing in New Zealand. NASA says it couldn?t have come from a satellite, so experts think that the passenger jet was just missed by a meteorite. A few years ago in Chicago, a meteorite crashed through a roof of a house and almost hit a sleeping man.
In both cases, it was a close call: according to the BBC News, “The New Zealand Herald newspaper calculated the debris missed the jet by a margin of 40 seconds.”
Meteorites and UFOs are often confused, and UFO sightings are also often blamed on a phenomenon known as “ball lightning.”
Some scientist think that there is no such thing as ball lightning, but in New Scientist, Hazel Muir reports that one person in Oregon reported seeing a ball of lightning burn a hole through a screen door. She describes ball lightning as “a luminous sphere that sometimes appears during thunderstorms?that is the size of a grapefruit and lasts for a few seconds or minutes, sometimes hovering, even bouncing along the ground.”
A Brazilian research team that think they have finally figured out the mystery behind it. They have tested the theory of two researcher in New Zealand, who think that ball lightning forms when ordinary lightning hits soil that contains silica (such as sand), which then gives off silicon vapor. When this vapor cools, it condenses into a floating aerosol orb. When Ant
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