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"HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO - Suha and Mike Owens took video Wednesday night from their home in Highlands Ranch. It shows a light in the sky that appears to change colors, and it moves left and right, up and down.
"Is it somebody's toy or is it a UFO?" Suha Owens says in the video.
9NEWS received several calls and emails Wednesday around 8:45 p.m. from viewers, all reporting a bright light in the western sky.
9NEWS spoke with Chris Peterson, a researcher at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Cloudbait Observatory, about the light.
Peterson looked at Owens' video. He says what they captured was most likely a reflective balloon blowing around or possibly a helicopter or some other aircraft.
Peterson says what the Owens saw was not the same as other reports he received. From several cameras, he captured a meteor passing over the Grand Junction-Delta area around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday.
The meteor came relatively close to Earth, about 30 miles above the ground. Peterson says it only lit up the sky for a few seconds, unlike the Owens' video, and the meteor was likely the size of a golf ball.
From the Front Range looking west, it looked large, but the view from the Western Slope, he says, was even better.
"I do have witness reports from people out there, and they saw something much more impressive than what the Front Range people saw," Peterson said. "They saw it light up the whole sky with multiple colors and glaringly bright; a really spectacular event because it was right over their heads."
Peterson says that in a single night, 10 to 15 meteors fall over Colorado."
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