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UFO videos show a fireball over Saudi Arabia

Fireball UFOs over Medina. (Credit: YouTube)

Fireball UFOs over Medina. (Credit: YouTube)

Videos show an unidentified object moving through the sky on the night of Thursday, January 16 in the Saudi Arabia city of Medina (also spelled Madinah).

The UFO was reportedly spotted at approximately 9:00 p.m. At least two lights are visible moving through the sky in the videos, creating the possibility that the recorded UFO was actually multiple independent objects. The video at the top of this post was recorded near the Prophet’s Mosque in Al-Masjid al-Nabawi Square.

Arabic newspaper Al Sada reported the sighting. And according to news website Emirates 24|7, one of the witnesses who recorded video of the incident explained, “I was passing just near the mosque when I saw the object . . . I captured a film of it but I could not trace it as it split into two or three parts.” This witness description, paired with the UFO’s appearance in the videos, suggests that what streaked through the Saudi Arabia sky was a meteorite breaking up as it entered the atmosphere.

The incident was reported on several meteorite and fireball websites, and was apparently witnessed by thousands of people.

UPDATE: The Voice of Russia reports that, according to Dr. Mansour Almazroui, head of the Department of Meteorology at the King Abdul Aziz University, reports that the object was a meteorite were incorrect. He explains, “This object was the debris of a Chinese rocket that launched a communication satellite in June 2008 and had been anticipated to enter the atmosphere on January 16 2014 at around 10.57pm Saudi time.”

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Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

5 comments

  1. avatar

    Correct me if I am mistaken but… wasn’t the planet just passing through the dusty remnants of former comet ISON?

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    Seemed to move too slowly to be meteor.

  3. avatar

    Very good point Mike. Yes we are passing through the debris of comet ISON that were sling shot around the Sun. The footage above, is a classic meteor/comet debris flare (aka falling star). There is no doubt in my mind that it is just debris burning up in the atmosphere. The object(s) maintain a “falling” trajectory throughout the clip. They do not deviate. The “changing intensity” of the light is just uneven burning of the object(s); and there apparent “disappearance” is simply the debris “fizzling” away, as the object(s) burn(s) up.

    Also, high altitude ballistic missile debris re-entering the atmosphere and burning up would also look like this and be a plausible explanation as well.

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    The second video at the end leaves no doubt, mr. Malachi. You can clearly see the lights going on and off , blinking at the back of the flying object.

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