Perhaps it’s because some folks who usually choose sleeping in over going to church actually attended services at Fellowship Bible Church Arapaho in Richardson on Sunday morning, but something caused some thing to go kablooey in the skies over Texas this morning around 11 a.m.
While I, along with a good portion of some of Dallas’ best local music talent, was attending a special church service featuring Bill Holston as guest minister and the incredible Doug Burr as musical guest, there was fire in the sky, accompanied by what some called ‘sonic booms.’
FAA spokesman Roland Herig claims that the FAA received no reports from pilots in the air of any sightings but the agency received “numerous” calls from people on the ground from Dallas, Texas, south to Austin, Texas. The FAA is claiming that the giant flash in the sky can be attributed to a collision between satellites.
News 8 Austin says that the FAA claims they had notified pilots on Saturday to be aware of possible space debris after a collision Tuesday between U.S. and Russian communication satellites. The chief of Russia’s Mission Control said clouds of debris from the collision will circle Earth for thousands of years and threaten numerous satellites.
Phil Plait of Discover Magazine on the other hand disagrees. After reviewing tape from Austin’s News 8, he’s claiming that he “can now state unequivocally that this is not the result of the satellite collision. The meteor is moving far too quickly for that; satellite collision debris would fall at perhaps 10 km/sec max, while incoming meteoroids are moving at 11km/sec at a minimum, and this thing is screaming across the sky at several dozen km/sec…and what we have here is almost certainly a single object, perhaps a meter or two across, and it came from deep space.”
Whatever it is, radar images showed it enter the Texas skies over the small town of West just north of Waco, so I’m thinking that it might be aliens in search of a good kolache! I wonder if Zac Crain’s parents saw anyone suspicious at the Czech Stop this morning? Or maybe it has something to do with Dan Akroyd launching his wines in Dallas….