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Meteor 'Fireball' Lights Up Sky Across UK
People across the UK have reported seeing a large meteor shooting across the night sky.
It was seen breaking up into pieces last night, with sightings reported across northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Hundreds of people took to Twitter to report the sightings, posting photos and video.
Many people described seeing a bright fireball moving across the sky with a large tail.
The Kielder Observatory also reported the sighting of a "huge fireball" travelling from north to south over Northumberland at 9.41pm.
It posted on Twitter: "Of 30 years observing the sky, fireball best thing I have ever seen period."
But there was some suggestion the object could have been space junk which burned up as it re-entered the atmosphere.
Jodrell Bank Observatory tweeted: "No real consensus on whether last night's spectacular fireball was a space rock burning up or space junk (bit of spacecraft)."
Sightings of the suspected meteorite sparked a flurry of 999 calls from worried members of the public in Scotland.
Concerned callers from Airdrie to Arbroath likened the lights to flares, fireworks and even a plane crash.
Coastguard and police forces were inundated with reports from around 11pm on Friday night.
A spokesman for Forth Coastguard said: "From talking to other stations and to the RAF it's almost certainly meteorite activity.
"Calls came in from all over the place, thick and fast. We've had people report possible plane crashes, and others the weirdest fireworks they've ever seen.
"Folk just haven't known how to describe what they've seen. It's quite extraordinary."
Meteors, which are sometimes called shooting stars, are rocks which burn and light up on contact with Earth's atmosphere.
what do you think?
Let's hope its not Triffids
Superb comment that the current generation would not appreciate
I could not believe what I was looking at ? It was amazing ....
Wish I'd a seen it! I saw a green fireball about 15-20 years ago whilst living in Cambridge and that was jaw-dropping! Just a hiss, a green streak of light and it was gone!
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Some of it has fallen into my garden
If this is an invasion of Klingon females. . I'm all for being invaded. . Hottest females in the Universe
I have brought one of my pieces into the house. It's currently sitting on my mantlepiece. It's just a little rock but it looks ornamental.
I wonder its left a strange jelly like substance in places that evaporates when touched. People have some times seen deposits of a clear slime or even red rain after meteors or meteor showers. Tests on these two substances have given strange results. The jelly slime is organic material but because it evaporates no one can do enough testing on it. And samples of the red rain have contained unknown single cell microbes. These two things have added fuel to the fire over the theory that life on earth was introduced here by meteors. Add to this the existence of simple extremophiles on earth (sp?organisms thay can withstand extreme environments) some of which(cant remember the name. But they look like small woodlice.) have been exposed to the vacuum of space during an experiment on the ISS. The same organisms were frozen and also exposed to intense heat and survived. Quite a strong theory that just needs that direct link to the jelly stuff add 100s of million years of evolution and bobs your uncle and Mr Spock could be your great great great x's loads grand father's dog's auntie But try convincing a creationist
Sorry for the essay above folks. Didn't realise my post was that long
It's just a bolide - but it is indicative of just how many Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) there are and are missed. Still, even a piece of rock less than the size of a tennis ball can be this spectacular. And, Chris, I believe that you are muddying the waters when you try to belittle people who have a belief in creationism, or even intelligent design, and makes you look very disingenuous. Your piece makes you look alike a Panspermist, and that's not a very popular theory, either, but just one of many.
Just because I wrote about panspermia doesn't mean I have to believe it
Ooop sorry I'm blonde and don't understand a word anyway :(
I wish I'd seen it!
I did'nt see a thing!
The astronomers believe that is was space junk returning to earth, their is a lot of man-made debris up there.
That's extremely possible what goes up must eventually come down there's a picture of all the known man made objects that are big enough to track currently in orbit. It looks like someone has just fired a shot gun at an outline of the earth. It's a mess up there and not all the junk in orbit is big enough to track. so man made meteors are on the increase
It was too slow to be a meteor.It was more likely to have been an A380 coming into land.
If it was an A380 It would of been in serious trouble if it had a flaming tail and was breaking up . It would of been front page news globally. Just look at that Qantas A380 that had problems over Australia. We heard about it here because they are made using British and European parts
Optimus prime and the rest of the transformers have landed
seen more of the orange lights in the sky tonight over lenzie
It's the right hand ofGOD!!!!! In 4 years time the world will end.It's much like when you throw a punch at somebody but don't actually hit.
It could've been the papperatzi spying on Kate an' Wills.