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Mystery Meteor Flashes Across British Skies
Police forces and astronomy websites have been inundated with sightings after a suspected meteor shot across darkened British skies.
Reports of a "bright light" and an "orange glow" were received by police across Scotland and the north of England at around 9.40pm on Saturday.
The Met Office tweeted: "Hi All, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite."
A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said the force had been "inundated" with calls about a bright object in the sky across the west of Scotland.
Minutes later, Durham Police received calls from concerned members of public who had seen a "bright light or a fire in the sky" and believed it may have been an incident involving an aircraft.
The American Meteor Society website was inundated with dozens of Britons logging sightings.
Michelle Thornton, from Birmingham, stated it was "the most amazing thing I have seen in the night sky in ages - outstanding :)"
Meanwhile, website user Brandi, from Stirling, at first thought it was a firework and wondered if it was a missile after it "changed direction".
"We wondered if it was a missile. The tail was longer than any astral body I have ever seen and the colour between the head and tail was very distinct.
"The head was bright - warm colours - and the tail was much longer. We thought it was a firework because it stuttered out and seemed to fade, but we did not hear the bang.
"It then reappeared as it continued across the sky, seemingly changing directions slightly - as if around a 15 degree corner.
"It then also seemed to go lower down in the sky and then passed out of our vision after another 10 seconds or so.
"It still looked orangey-red in the distance as it left our vision, but we could not see the tail from that angle."
The Royal Observatory at Greenwich said it was probably part of a meteor shower that happens at this time every year.
The Kielder Observatory reported the sighting as a "huge fireball" travelling from north to south over Northumberland at 9.41pm, and rated it at magnitude -9.
A brightness of magnitude -6 is required to be seen in daylight and according to the International Meteor Organisation only one in 12,000 reaches magnitude -8.
The observatory tweeted: "Of 30 years observing the sky #fireball best thing I have ever seen period."
what do you think?
saw it in manchester. was so clear n bright. amazing!
The Triffids are coming!
They are coming
If it was a UFO i hope it was a Klingon Bird of Prey. . . Klingon women are hot !
I agree, but so are vulcan tpol
If you get a date with a Klingon woman, your on a promise ! See how long you can 'endure' her. . .
OMG. EVERYBODY rush out and stock up on EVERYTHING. Especially Cadbury's cream eggs. We're doomed. The sky isn't falling in.We are being taken over by beings from another world.Probably the MOON.Taking revenge for the Apolle missions. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHGGGGGGGGGGG!!
I saw it pass over Boroughbridge last night with 9 other people. It has to be one of the most amazing things i have ever seen. The colours were very bright
Very lucky to see it rise up over the horizon travelling north to south, passed me and my dog almost directly overhead and it had three distinct tails of flame trailing. I've seen loads of meteors but never one as low as this in the sky, it looked similar to the comets you see in drawings.
I was out getting star trails with my camera last night (look it up if you don't know what I mean) and came back inside at around 9:20, so I must have just missed it. ARGH!
Sweet hopfully its the transformers
We were watching the lazer light show at St Marys Island Whitley Bay and saw the meteorite over the coastline. Fantastic light show and amazing meteorite, firey orange with a birght tail.
Since when has the met office been involved in astronomy?
Look up meteorology. The clue is in the name!
The end is nearing for everybody on earth.This is the scariest meteorite I've seen and they'll be more.
Maxi Rodriguez Elson
2 weeks ago i saw a star which we thought was normal but it was quite close to the moon but it was actually the planet venus
i see bright flashing lights and sometimes green and red every night i know its aliens but my friends at the airport say its aeroplanes i dont believe them
I saw the meteor as I was at Bacup in Lancashire a glowing fireball
wonder how many satellites it trashed ?
Did anyone see uranus last night ?
Mereorite my a**e, that was Cameron riding the spirit of Raisa, didn't you notice the fiery red mane of colours? Watch out for it in the Sun on Sunday folks!
Saw it as it flew over Lichfield. It was pretty spectacular to see. I posted about it on Facebook and the first few responses were trying to convince me it was a Chinese lantern ha ha!