UFO: Nick Pope discusses hypothesis 'leaks'
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Baker Mayfield, who plays as a quarterback for NFL team Cleveland Browns, told his 767,000 Twitter followers he was on the way home from dinner with his partner Emily when he spotted a strange ball of light drop from the sky. The American football player said the ‘UFO’ dropped towards Lake Travis, a reservoir located on the Colorado River near to central Texas.
Mr Baker wrote on Twitter: “Almost 100 percent, Em and I just saw a UFO drop straight out of the sky on our way home from dinner.
“We stopped and looked at each other and asked if either of us saw it.
“Very bright ball of light going straight down out of the sky towards Lake Travis. Anybody else witness this?”
Indeed, others had witnessed the phenomenon. One person, named David, responded to Mr Baker and said: “No way, I thought I was the only one!
“I live on a Lake Travis and my parents called me crazy when I ran to tell them. No way you saw it too!”
There has been no official explanation for the supposed UFO sighting, but as astronomer Patrick Valley pointed out in response to Mr Mayfield, there is usually a logical explanation.
Mr Valley said: “Baker, the number one thing I’ve come to realise over the past five years or so of studying the night sky is that it’s never aliens.”
One possible explanation for the sighting is that Mr Mayfield witnessed the latest SpaceX launch.
Hours before Mr Mayfield’s tweet, SpaceX launched its Starship SN10 rocket, allowing it to cruise for 10 kilometres before landing it.
Elon Musk and co launched the rocket from its Boca Chica testing range, which is only a few hundred miles from Lake Travis.
Alternatively, Mr Mayfield could have witnessed a meteor dropping to Earth.
Astronomer Chris Impey, from the University of Arizona, said most UFOs have “mundane” explanations.]
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He wrote in The Conversation: “Most UFOs have mundane explanations.
“Over half can be attributed to meteors, fireballs and the planet Venus.
“Such bright objects are familiar to astronomers but are often not recognised by members of the public.”
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