In a move straight out of a science fiction movie, a mysterious metallic orb which could contain valuable information fell from the sky.
If this were a film it'd probably be the start of some alien invasion or a desperate message for help from some distant civilisation of aliens that kicks off the plot.
While it might be a UFO, though the 'F' would have to be changed to mean falling instead of flying, the chances of it coming from some other world are pretty slim.
Still, that doesn't give us many clues as to what the mysterious orb actually is, and what secrets it may contain if we can work out what exactly it is.
According to Mexican meteorologist Isidro Cano, the strange orb fell from the sky at around 10:00pm local time on 31 July and landed in the top of a tree in the Lomas del Rio Medio area of Veracruz, Mexico.
The discovery was first reported by Cano on Facebook, who said it 'appears to be a very hard plastic or alloy of various metals', he also noted that the orb had what looked like an antenna poking out of the top.
Posting in what appears to be his traditional manner of all caps, he says people saw the orb 'falling from the sky' but that it made no noise as it fell to Earth, he warned people to stay away from the mysterious orb for fear that it might be radioactive.
Cano suggested the orb might have been part of the Chinese rocket that recently went out of control and scattered debris far and wide.
That would have travelled a long way from the rest of the rocket's debris as more of it is discovered, with chunks found in Malaysia, Indonesia and Borneo.
If this orb is from the Chinese rocket it would have had to fall an entire ocean away from much of the rest of the debris.
It'd also be a pretty soft landing for a solid object that fell from a space rocket and crashed back down to Earth.
In subsequent posts Cano shared a close up image of the orb, pointing out small holes in the surface that made for an 'indecipherable code'.
He called on the Mexican military to come and take away the orb so it could be studied and spill all of its secrets.
Yesterday (1 August) he once again posted to update people on the status of the orb, this time revealing that it had been 'removed' by a team of 'highly trained staff and specialised team' at 3:15am.
He then went on to say the orb had been taken out of Veracruz and ended with the declaration 'national security issue: closed'.
If nothing else, at least the big ball of whatever the orb is made of ended up being nestled in a tree rather than landing on anyone's head.
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