Burning debris lights up night sky across Pacific Northwest

Medford, Ore – A strange bright object crossed the sky Thursday night with people across Southern Oregon reporting sightings.

As of 10 p.m. Thursday night, there is no official word on what the object is but some agencies are speculating it may be debris from a rocket’s second stage that failed to de-orbit over the ocean.

The National Weather Service of Medford says they believe it to be some type of space debris and not a meteor. Though they say they are waiting on official confirmation from NASA or SpaceX.

Video and photos of the strange anomaly can be emailed to [email protected]

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Matt Jordan
Matt Jordan is the Chief Meteorologist for KOBI-TV NBC5. Matt joined the NBC5 weather team in 2014 after a year as a reporter and anchor in Alexandria, Louisiana. His experience with the severe weather of the Deep South and a love of the Pacific Northwest led him to pursue a certification with Mississippi State University as a Broadcast Meteorologist. You can find Matt working in the evenings of NBC5 News at 5, 6 and 11 as well as online. Matt also has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. In addition to being passionate about news and weather, Matt is a HUGE Oregon Ducks fan. When not rooting for the Ducks or tracking down the next storm over the Pacific, Matt can be found outdoors in the Oregon wilderness with his wife and their German Shepherd named Stanley.