A large meteor blasted across the skies of the United Kingdom on Sunday night, delighting those lucky enough to observe it.
The meteor was spotted shortly before 10 pm and remained visible for about seven seconds. Captured on doorbell and security cameras in Manchester, Cardiff, Honiton, Bath, Midsummer Norton and Milton Keynes.
The Meteor Network UK, a group of amateur astronomers who have been using cameras to record meteorite sightings across the UK since 2012, said the meteor was a fireball, and Wrote On Twitter, “From the two videos we saw it was a lazy meteorite with clearly visible segmentation.”
Meteors are space matter that burns upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Fireballs are particularly shiny meteors that in theory might be visible in daylight. according to American Meteor Society (AMS), fireballs are generally a size of -4, and they are as bright as Venus when seen in the evening or in the morning. The full moon is -12.6 while the sun is -26.7.
AMS said that while “many thousands of fireball-sized meteors occur in the Earth’s atmosphere every day,” most of them fall over the ocean or uninhabited areas.
The British Meteorite Network said more than 120 people reported meteor sightings on Sunday night.
One Twitter user Wrote From Fireball: “At first I thought it was a star or a bright plane, then it got bigger and faster, then a huge flash of flash lit up the sky and exploded in an enormous tail of orange sparks behind it like gigantic fireworks!”
Also on Twitter, there were weird jokes, with references to Superman, The Day of the Triffids, Men in Black, and War of the Worlds.
Others joked that it was in retaliation for the persevering NASA rover Landing on Mars last week. The rover shared the photos and the first-ever recording of what he looked like on the red planet.
One of the users offered to prepare any aliens to come a Full english breakfast.