- The Astronomical Society of Singapore has said the ball
of fire seen blazing across the sky near the Tuas Second Link was not a
comet or a meteor.
- It told Channel NewsAsia that the object was moving too
fast, did not reflect light and was clearly "burning up".
- The ball of fire was seen blazing for more than 15 minutes
across the sky last Sunday between 6.30pm and 7pm.
- Moving steadily towards Earth, it created a lot of excitement
among people who saw it in different parts of Singapore - at Eunos, Marina
and even across the Causeway.
- Among them were Shirley Chua and her family who captured
the phenomenon on their video camera.
- Shirley Chua said: "We thought that it was fireworks
or what. It was very consistent and bright, travelling at a very, very
- The Astronomical Society of Singapore initially thought
that the object was satellite debris - part of a rocket or a space booster
left by man in space - re-entering Earth.
- But it later ruled this out after a check with US' National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and a UK space expert.
- They said the object hovered in the sky for too long
to be satellite debris.
- Their conclusion is that the object could be a distant
jet or aircraft.
- This is because the object was moving downwards slowly
and towards the west, roughly in the same direction as the setting sun,
which would have caused it to shine brightly against the evening sky.
- Singapore's Defence Ministry has declined comment on
whether there were any military activities during that time.
- Strangely enough, at about 10am Singapore time, a similar
sighting was seen in the Canadian sky, but that was a Russian rocket booster