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Christmas Eve lights in sky 'probably meteor'

The Local · 25 Dec 2011, 12:31

Published: 25 Dec 2011 12:31 GMT+01:00

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Callers to the Antenne Thüringen radio station described three glowing dots with a long tail which spread into several parts across the sky.

“It was great, very impressive,” said one caller. Another woman told the radio station, “We saw the light spectacle on the way home from church. Our daughter thought it looked like Santa’s sleigh with reindeer.”

Some said it looked like a red glowing star with a smoking tail, while others spoke of an intense white glowing tail.

Andreas Schütz, spokesman for the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) said the unidentified flying object was unlikely to have been Santa, or aliens or an accident – but was most likely to have been a meteorite, or even a piece of space junk falling to earth.

“It must have been a very large piece to create such intensity and duration of light,” he said.

The phenomenon was seen at around 5.30 p.m.across Germany, from the Netherlands border to the south of the country.

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Your comments about this article

13:13 December 25, 2011 by DOZ
The Geat and Glorious Zod has arrived. Kneel before Zod.
19:23 December 25, 2011 by heyheyhey
It WAS SANTA!!!!!!!

He told me so, last evening when he stopped at our home with a few beautiful gifts.

To all you non-believers, BAHHH. HUMBUG!!!!!!!!!
19:49 December 25, 2011 by Earl Grey
Rapier missile system engages Santa by accident. "It was a case of friendly flyer" quoted unnamed USAF source.
21:35 December 25, 2011 by brande
I was in Denmark in the middle of the island of Zealand. 17.27 o'clock I saw the phenomenon. It was directly south. It flew from west to east. I saw it for at least 1 minute. In the beginning it was an object with tail. red. later divided it into several pieces, but still with tail.
13:07 December 26, 2011 by DinhoPilot
Or a easier and more plausible explanation... were the russians. Soyuz rocket?
05:18 December 27, 2011 by AbhilashD
@DP - Indeed. They say it was debris from the Soyuz
06:38 December 27, 2011 by freechoice
Of all the days it had to come down, it chooses Christmas eve to do so on the end of this year towards 2012?
08:36 December 27, 2011 by OllO
@DOZ, nice!
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