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UFO Reports

Strange Light Reported in Wyoming

Source: http://www.trib.com/HOMENEWS/WYO/23StrangeLight.html

ROCK RIVER, Wyo. (AP) - A Cheyenne man and an astronomy group reported seeing a very bright light in the night sky.  Peter Davenport, director of the 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 out the headlights of their vehicle, according to Davenport.  Davenport declined to provide other details because he wants other witnesses to provide independent reports. Ayers said he and his son were on a fishing trip. "It illuminated the whole neighborhood," he said. "It was just a weird occurrence that needed to be reported." University of Wyoming astronomer Allyn Smith said at least 60 people at a Wyoming Under the Stars gathering saw the light from the UW observatory at Jelm Mountain. Smith said he saw a flash on the dome wall of the observatory about 25 miles southeast of Laramie. "The people who were outside described a large meteor, or bolide, a bright meteor," he 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 moon," he said.