So I accidentally published this early a few weeks ago. My bad. So if you see that you've already commented on this. That's why.
Green Fireballs refer to a series of, naturally, green fireballs
witnessed in the New Mexico skies between December 1948 and
April 1955. And not just seen by a few peeps. Nope. They were seen by pretty much everyone.
Military scientists, astronomers and enlisted personnel, along
with the general public, reported the huge amount of
crazy and weird above them.
Now, most people would think
"meteor." Or maybe comet. It's streaking across the sky, it's on fire. That's what the government
thought, too, so they hired Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, a meteor expert.
spent years on the subject and, with the rate the fireballs were sighted, combined with the slow speeds and lack of rock bits trailing the
objects, decided they weren't behaving like meteors... or any natural phenomena.
Air Force's investigation into the fireballs was named Project Twinkle (HAH!!). A lot of the sightings were over the Los Alamos National
Laboratory, aka where we were working on giant bombs
(many of the sightings were from staff). The government decided
whether it was aliens or the Russians, they
wanted to get to the bottom of it.
After a couple of years, however, they knew nothing more
than when they started: There were balls, they were green, and on fire.
The Air Force shut down the investigation and wrote off the phenomena
as sunspots or some new kind of meteor or something. LaPaz insisted that none of that made sense, and would continue to do so for years.
The balls were spotted over and over again even after the investigation shut
down, and each time someone would go interview Dr. LaPaz who would repeat
his long list of reasons why they're not meteors.
LaPaz thought they were some kind of new Soviet aircraft, or
something else that didn't occur in nature. Another theory was that they were some effect caused by nuclear fallout but "glowing green balls of
fallout" isn't a known phenomenon, either.