‘Glowing fireball’ that lit up the night sky over parts of Britain was space debris, experts say

Meteor. Pic: UKMON

A “glowing fireball” that lit up the night sky over parts of Britain was space debris, experts say.

The UK Meteor Network received more than 200 reports of the ‘fireball’ which was seen in the night sky at around 9pm on Wednesday.

The organization said that after studying many videos of the incident, it is now of the opinion that “it was space debris”.

It comes after people saw the ball of light in the sky over parts of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland.

The network said the preliminary trajectory has been calculated by the International Meteorological Organization, and this “indicates that the object, which we now believe to be space debris, would have landed in the Atlantic south of the Hebrides”.

Danny Nell, 21, witnessed the meteor while walking his dog in Johnstone, west of Paisley and Glasgow.

He said: “I was walking my dog ​​and strangely it was 10pm on the dot and I just saw the flash in the sky and took my phone out and recorded it.

“At first I thought it might be a firework because there was so much Scottish football on but I quickly realized it wasn’t and I grabbed my phone to see if I could catch it.”

Another eyewitness, Steve Owens, an astronomer and science communicator at the Glasgow Science Centre, saw the meteorite as it flew over Scotland on Wednesday evening.

Owens told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland: “It was amazing. I was sitting in my living room at exactly 10 o’clock last night and I saw out the window, to the south, this bright fireball , this meteor streaking across the sky. , and I could tell it was something special because I could see through the broken clouds.

“It wasn’t perfectly visible; I could see it was fragmenting, breaking, little pieces coming off.

“And usually if you see a meteor or a shooting star, it’s just little streaks of light, lasting a fraction of a second, this one went through the sky for at least 10 seconds, probably more than that…and it traveled from the south all the way to the west, so it was a pretty incredible sight.”

Owens deemed it “highly unlikely” that the fireball would land in Scotland.

A space account tweeted in the early hours of Thursday morning: “Large meteorite burned up over Scotland and Northern Ireland.”

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Owens also told BBC Radio Scotland: “Usually these little streaks of light, these little shooting stars, burn up and it all fades away and evaporates into the atmosphere, but the thing last night was more bigger than a little dust.

“The one last night could have been the size of a golf ball or maybe a cricket ball, maybe bigger than that, so it’s certainly not impossible that pieces could have fallen.”

The meteor flew over Scotland and Northern Ireland. Image: UKMON

He continued: “The UK Meteor Network, which has had hundreds of reports from Scotland and further afield, will be able to triangulate all these reports to work out its trajectory.

“It looked to me like it was going… it was definitely heading west and given that people in Northern Ireland were reporting seeing it, it could have gone over land and ended up in the Atlantic, but no It’s impossible that it landed, finding it will be the challenge.”

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