CLACKAMAS, Ore. - A strange, fiery sight spotted in the skies over the Willamette Valley Wednesday morning may have been a meteor. Or an optical illusion.
Jim Todd, Planetarium Manager at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry tells KATU-TV he is pretty confident that it was a fireball caused by a meteor. And he's quite certain it didn't come from Comet ISON, which is making its way toward the sun on a path and proximity that has some experts believing it might end up as one of the more spectacular comets in a long time.
A number of residents snapped photos of the scene, and KATU Photojournalist Mike Warner also took a short video of the trail while he was flying in their station's helicopter. He said he and the helicopter pilot were over Interstate 205 at the Clackamas Town Center between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. and spotted the odd sight while looking east.
According to U.S. Strategic Command, no man-made objects reentered the atmosphere in our area on Wednesday, which excluded the possibility that some space junk fell to earth.
Slaade's note: I have to admit, I almost spit coffee out of my nose after reading the "trick of light" "contrail" comment. Really????