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Strange Light Reported in Wyoming
ROCK RIVER, Wyo. (AP) - A Cheyenne man and an astronomy group reported
a very bright light in the night sky. Peter Davenport, director
National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, Wash., said he is seeking others
who saw the light around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Paul Ayers, 38, and Ayers' son, 19, said a fireball-like object rose straight
from the ground in the Rock River area. The light was so bright it washed
the headlights of their vehicle, according to Davenport. Davenport
to provide other details because he wants other witnesses to provide
independent reports. Ayers said he and his son were on a fishing trip.
illuminated the whole neighborhood," he said. "It was just a
that needed to be reported." University of Wyoming astronomer Allyn
said at least 60 people at a Wyoming Under the Stars gathering saw the
from the UW observatory at Jelm Mountain. Smith said he saw a flash on
dome wall of the observatory about 25 miles southeast of Laramie. "The
who were outside described a large meteor, or bolide, a bright meteor,"
said. Such meteors usually explode high in the air, he said, and theorized
that an icy meteor, a stony or iron meteor, or a piece of space junk caused
the light. "I would estimate it was almost as bright as the full