Hundreds report seeing mystery object in the sky

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Hundreds Reported Seeing Mystery Object In Sky On Monday

NASA has published an online post sharing details of a bright sky event over the southeastern part of the United States in the early hours of June 29th.

The agency noted, "Based on the data we currently have, this object was not a meteor or fireball. Tracked by 5 is moving at roughly 14,500 miles per hour, which is too slow to be a meteor."

According to the American Meteor Society, or AMS, many witnesses across several states reported seeing the bright object. One Georgia resident told ABC News, "I honestly thought it was a plane that had caught on fire and was about to crash."

The AMS said that there were "over 150 reports about a slow moving grouping of bright fiery objects traveling from the Southwest to the Northeast. Witness reports indicate the objects were seen from as far west as Louisiana and as far north as West Virginia."

While there are plenty of conspiracy theories concerning the sighting, NASA officials say it's a "possible reentry of space debris," given the slow speed and its disintegration into multiple pieces.

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