Armagh Observatory and Planetarium astronomer, Apostolos Christou explained, “It was most likely what are commonly called shooting stars. It appears the matter was extremely bright, so it must have been quite a large piece of material. I cannot say from the pilots’ description, but it could have been the size of a walnut or an apple. It also appears there were bits coming off the object and flying past the airplane, that is also what you would expect if it was a particularly large rock from space hitting the atmosphere, it would tend to fragment.” Christou added that there is normally a lot of activity of this sort in November. The Irish Aviation Authority stated, “Following reports from a small number of aircrafts on Friday 9 November of unusual air activity the IAA has filed a report. This report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process.” A Shannon spokesperson refused to comment further while the investigation is being conducted. Experts across the globe have suggested in the past that governments should work more diligently to investigate UFO sightings, according to the Independent. A former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence, who worked under the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations said the government intentionally overlooks UFO sightings. Another official said “beyond reasonable doubt” advanced UFOs do exist, and countries must be more cognizant of the possible risk.
UFO sightings by pilots are being investigated by Ireland’s Aviation Authority. 🛸 https://t.co/eY6shiJaQl— CNBC (@CNBC) November 13, 2018
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