What was that bright, white dot hanging over parts of the Miami Valley?

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 9:27 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 7:25 AM

A bright, white dot spotted in the sky by numerous News Center 7 viewers has raised questions about what the object might be.

A bright, white dot spotted in the sky by numerous News Center 7 viewers has raised questions about what the object might be.

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Some have speculated on whether the object was a weather balloon launched by the National Weather Service in Wilmington, however forecasters there debunked that theory.

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"We have no idea what it is," the National Weather Service said.

Others have wondered if the object is part of something being done by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, however, a base spokesperson said they are unaware of what the object may be.

Some people have told News Center 7 they believe the object was a Loon balloon, which is launched by the company Loon, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet.

“I checked in with our flight team, and this wasn't one of our balloons,” said Scott Coriell with Loon. “We fly balloons worldwide, including over most parts of the U.S., but at the time of your sightings we didn't have any in the region.”

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Coriell said based on the photo, he does believe it is a balloon of some sort and could be another company that launched one in the area.

World View Enterprises, which also launches balloons, also said it was not its balloon, according to spokesman Andrew Antonio.

Sightings of the unidentified object were reported Tuesday to News Center 7 from viewers in Xenia, Englewood, West Milton, West Carrollton and Eaton.