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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke June 21, 2023

UFO? No. That bright light in Las Vegas was a meteor

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  • NASA told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that a recent bright light that some residents confused with a possible UFO sighting was a meteor and the photos showing the light are old. 

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless it's a rumor about a supposed UFO landing there. That’ll go viral. 

"Unprecedented UFO landing shrouds Las Vegas, Nevada in mystery," read the headline of a June 16 blog post. It showed two photos and went on to claim that UFOs descended from the sky. One photo showed an orb arcing across what looks like sky; the other showed something glowing behind clouds. 

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First, those photos aren’t from a recently reported UFO landing in Nevada. The first image has been online for more than a year, while the other showed a 2004 photo taken by a retired Royal Air Force officer in Sri Lanka. 

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So what of that "bright beam of light recently spotted plummeting through the darkness" that was captured May 1 on a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer’s body camera? It was a meteor, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported

NASA’s Planetary Defense Office told the newspaper the flash of light "certainly" was not a UFO. 

We rate claims of an unprecedented UFO landing in Las Vegas False.


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