The Astronomical Society of the Caribbean captured images of an impressive and slow meteor visible from Puerto Rico on the early hours of sunday, december 28, 2014. The biggest Astronomical Society on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean (Sociedad de Astronomía del Caribe) had reports confirming the meteor was visible from all the Island.
There is an investigation about the possibility of space junk being related, because a Proton-M Russian rocket was launched carrying the Astra-2G communications satellite on December 27.
Another Russian rocket was launched on December 26 with the Resurs-P2 Earth observatory.
Because the meteor was seen for 44 seconds, it is possible that one of these rocket bodies reentered Earth’s atmosphere over Puerto Rico’s skies.
However, it can be a small asteroid and the incident was reported to NASA’s Ames Research Center in California for further investigation.
The meteor was moving from SW to E-NE and the video below shows the meteor in real (actual) speed.
The Astronomical Society of the Caribbean said that this event IS NOT related to another incident in Brazil, which also occurred on December 28.
According to the news site campograndenews.com.br the second incident on December 28 was another rocket reentered the atmosphere causing impressive sightings in the sky.
After three consecutive bangs, an object similar to a household gas tank fell in a yard of Santa Maria in Brazil. The farm owner’s friend, Marcelo says that the piece has 1.70 meters tall and weighing 50 pounds.
The lights were also seen in the sky by residents of several cities such as Campo Grande, Antonio João and South Fatima, and similar reports in Paraná and Paraguay. First, it was classified as meteor shower, but according to campograndenews.com.br the most likely is that it is space junk as a meteor has greater speed.
But according to Scott Waring from UFO Sightings Daily, Both incidents are related to the same object and it is not space junk. Scott Waring believes that it looks like a UFO shot something down or the UFO blew up. See Scott’s article: Escape Pod shoots out of UFO explosion over Brazil.