Texas flash has residents, scientists looking for explanation

December 9, 2012 6:17:48 PM PST
A mysterious bright light spotted in the sky near Houston, Texas has residents and even scientists looking for an explanation.

Various cameras caught the flash on Friday, including some of NASA's cameras.

While some people thought it was a lightning flash, there was no thunderstorm activity in the vicinity.

Some area astronomers thought it could've been a meteor.

"It was going so fast that it gets through the atmosphere, that makes the glow," said Houston Natural Science Museum's Carolyn Summers. "I happened to be walking and I looked up and saw a big greenish blue flash. Like a UFO taking pictures of the sky like a big flash."

The National Weather Service has weighed in, as well. They say it may have been debris from a Russian satellite as it reentered the atmosphere.