Published: 5:03 PM 8/21/2015
The object was much larger than a star, but smaller than the moon...
Kimberley Caines, Macarthur Chronicle Campbelltown
A green-lit ball similar to the UFO spotted from Minto.
IT HAD a green tinge, it looked like a large ball, it darted through the night’s sky, and has left Minto’s Laurie Porter baffled.
Mrs Porter, 61, was outside her home when she spotted an unusual object zooming through the still sky at 8pm on August 15.
It then quickly disappeared in the distance.
She is curious to know if any other residents sighted the mysterious “greenish ball”, possibly above Ingleburn, or may know what it could have been.
“The object was much larger than a star, but smaller than the moon,” Mrs Porter said. “It was not accompanied by any beam of light. It glowed extremely brightly, and its brilliance did not alter or fade at all.
“It darted about, extremely quickly, up and down, and round and round, in a varied trajectory. There was no wind or breeze.”
Mrs Porter said her and her husband only saw the object for a few minutes and did not have time to take a photograph.
“I was worried it would hit a plane as it was too big to be anything normal,” she said.
“It freaked me out but has got me intrigued. What I have described is what I saw. I haven’t lost the plot.
“My brother-in-law told me he had seen a mysterious large bright light in the sky a few weeks earlier.”
Macarthur Astronomical Society president Tony Law said he discounted the fact the object was a UFO.
“We have thousands of astronomers out every night and to my knowledge we have never had a UFO sighting,” Mr Law said.
“(Mrs Porter saw the object) during the time of the meteor shower. I would say she saw a meteorite which is a piece of rock which flashes through the sky, or it could have been a piece of space junk.
“The green tinge could have been some metal.
“We (astronomers) were out that night too and saw several bright objects in the dark sky.”