Mysterious fireball spotted in Tasmanian skies trigger conspiracy theories on Facebook

Nupur Jha
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A strange fireball was observed in the skies of Tasmania on February 28. It was one-of-a-kind, which activated the conspiracy theorists who soon came up with various hypotheses.

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Airservices Australia, an Australian Government owned corporation, said that the fireball was a mere aircraft in the Australian skies. However, alien conspiracy theorists rubbished the claim, and one even described the fireball to have the features of a reptile's face.

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"It was very slow moving, not like the high jets I've seen before. I got out the binoculars and thought it must be a meteorite," said Lee-Anne Peters from Sorell, who recorded this strange encounter.

This object left her baffled and she had first guessed it to be a meteorite, ABC reported.

"I was sure it was something burning up from space ... but now, I am sure it was just a plane with the sunrise highlighting its contrails," Peters said.

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On the other hand, many Facebook users strongly believed it to be an intelligent extraterrestrial life.

A Facebook user reacted to Airservices Australia's comment posting: "This isn't a bloody plane, wake up people. If it was a plane then damn that would be one burning big ass plane. Planes do not leave flames."

One of the users defined it as another UFO sighting by a UFO believer, who even claimed that aliens visiting our planet are our allies.

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But unlike the alien believers and conspiracy theorists, John Dickey, the head of the School of Physical Sciences, described the fireball as a piece of space junk, probably an old spacecraft, which re-entered Earth's atmosphere.

"It's definitely not a meteorite — they tend to look more like shooting stars. I wouldn't call it a contrail of a plane either," he told ABC.

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Prof Dickey even elucidated that such object sightings are becoming too common these days and they could be dangerous for satellites orbiting our planet.

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