So my travels through Texas finally all culminated in the town of Belton. This is a small community of people who had one giant UFO encounter on the evening of February 1st. During a routine traffic stop, a police camera captured a bright white light heading on a collision course with the ground. However, this bright light was visible not only to people in Belton but as far away as Houston and even Stillwater, Oklahoma. Here is a video:
Now of course the videos of this object are rather misleading. They have slowed down the video to show viewers the object. In reality, the object was moving rather quickly and appeared to make contact with the ground. Here is another video:
And finally, scientists have been brought in to investigate this and have concluded that this must have been a meteor. Here is a video of that:
I found myself in the town of Belton some time after this event had occurred. Even though there were conflicting reports of what this object was, and most conclusions were pointing toward a meteor, I wanted to still go to Belton and learn for myself.
I went to a local planetarium that has been working on this report since it happened. To this day, they are still getting calls from people wanting to report the object. They have gotten hundreds of reports not just from the Belton area but from the surrounding areas as well. This object trekked across a large plain of space before it disappeared.
When I first saw the police video, my first impression was the lack of a tail. As a meteor enters the Earth’s atmosphere it begins to burn up and break apart. This leads to a streak, or tail, behind it. I have observed many meteor showers as a child and again I was surprised by a lack of tail on the police video camera. There is another camera that captures the object in the third video I provided and it too has a lack of tail. However, the people at the planetarium did say that this could be caused by the resolution of cameras being used, the angle of the object and cameras, and the lights from cars and building interfering with the small light emitted by a meteor tail.
The people at the planetarium were nice enough to let me take a look at some of the eye-witness testimonies. I was especially interested in the account of the police officer. The officer, whose camera captures the object, also does not remember seeing a tail to the object. Again, the lack of seeing the tail may have been caused by the fact that the headlights were on and they were reflecting off the back of the truck in front of the car. The officer does go on to say that the object was moving very fast as it headed for the ground. He expected to see some kind of explosion and waited a few seconds but saw nothing. The camera never picked up any trace of an explosion either. The scientists believe that the object never made it to the ground and just burned up. They are asking people to bring in any objects if they suspect they may have found the meteor but so far nothing has been turned in.
I was also able to look at contradictory reports of the object. People who saw the object in Oklahoma did report seeing a trail of light behind the object. This would confirm that it was a meteor. However, many reports from Belton and nearby areas contradict that and say there was no trail of light. Even the video footage does confirm a lack of this trail.
Other witnesses from that night have said that the object had to precise of movements to be just some natural object falling to the Earth. These people speculate that this object seemed to display a purpose as opposed to just being a random rock falling to Earth. They also claim that the lack of any physical evidence means they are right. Again, I have seen meteors in action and they do follow a straight line as they move diagonally down to Earth. Does that mean they have direction or purpose as opposed to being a rock falling to the Earth?
I had asked the scientists if they felt that this object was more of a fireball than a meteor. Fireballs are brighter than usual meteors. They appear brighter than the planets. I won’t get into all the technical scales for how brightness of objects are measured but the scientists I talked to were thinking this is possibly what was seen that night. However, classifying an object as a fireball is rather difficult to do and the scientists seemed to want more evidence before they did that. However, I have provided a clip of an object that has been deemed a fireball:
I can certainly see some similarities between this object and the one observed in Belton. Does that mean that what was witnessed in Belton was a fireball and not a UFO? The problem I have with the Belton footage is the fact that it has been tainted by the media. Now that opinions have been formed and video footage has been tampered, it has become difficult to form an actual opinion based on solid facts. The FAA has said that there were no planes in the sky that night and they are holding strong to this being a meteor. The scientists at the planetarium are coming closer to the conclusion that this was just a meteor with the evidence and eye-witness accounts they have collected. Then again, there are the hundreds of people who refuse to be convinced that this was anything more than what they believe. Some believe it was a meteor and others believe that it was a UFO. Someone posted to the last entry that perhaps what we see in the sky is more of what we are searching for with our hearts. The case in Belton has certainly proved to me that this statement is true. We want to believe what our hearts tell us. Perhaps that is not an exact science but for some of us it is all we have.
So as I finish up my trip through Texas, I am hopeful that the next place I go will yield more clues not only to the answers I seek but to the answers that we all search for on this planet and from other planets.